Extreme risk due to the heat on Wednesday for these parts of Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – The highest warning level for risks related to the extreme heat applies today for areas in northern, central and southern Spain. Meteorologists expect Wednesday to be the hottest day of this heatwave and perhaps the entire summer. 

The good news for those holidaying on the Mediterranean coast of Spain is that it is more manageable there in terms of heat. Code yellow (risk) due to heat only applies to a small part of the coast in the Murcia region. However, red alerts for high temperatures apply to zones in the following areas;

Andalucia, Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y León, Madrid and the Basque Country. 

  • Andalucia (in the interior)
  • Castile and León
  • Castilla-La Mancha
  • Madrid
  • Basque Country

In these areas, it could reach 44 degrees today. Code red applies in the Genil River valley in the province of Granada, in the Sierra Morena in Córdoba and Jaén and also in the Guadalquivir Valley in Jaén.  

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The same warning applies to the interior of the province of Cuenca and the metropolitan area of Madrid and the southern part of this region. Maximum temperatures of 42 degrees could also be registered in the north of the province of Burgos and in the inland of the Basque Country, according to the Spanish weather agency Aemet. 

Code yellow and amber 

The rest of Spain, except for the islands and areas close to the coasts, is also has heat warnings.  Somoe with code amber (important risk) and others with code yellow (risk). 

Meteorologists expect Wednesday to be the peak of Spain’s third heatwave. Furthermore, it is expected to last until Friday. However, temperatures will begin to drop again in some areas from Thursday. 

Dry storms 

Aemet has also warned of dry storms on Wednesday afternoon when the highest temperatures are reached. They could take place in vast parts of the interior of the peninsula, with strong gusts of wind and sudden drops in temperature. That is why there are storm warnings for districts in Andalucia, Aragon, Castile and León, Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia, Navarra, Basque Country and La Rioja. 

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