VALENCIA – In Valencia, a historic temperature record was shattered on Thursday. Both at the airport and in the capital, all previous records have been shattered with the highest temperature ever recorded.
A strong westerly wind contributed to the extremely high temperatures. Thermometers in the capital registered 44.7 degrees, which is the highest temperature since at least 1869, according to the national weather agency Aemet. The previous record was 43 degrees.
Until 2 p.m., maximum temperatures reached 43.4° in Llíria; 42.9° in Montserrat; 42.3° in Xàtiva and Ontinyent; 41.2° in Alcoi; 41.1° in Chelva, and 40.8° in Turís. Ten villages in the province of Valencia have reached values exceeding 45° in the afternoon.
According to Aemet’s report, the 46.8 degrees measured at 4 p.m. at Valencia Airport represent 3.5 degrees more than the highest previous record. This dates back to July 6, 1986.
Se ha batido el récord de temperatura en el aeropuerto de València por una diferencia de ¡¡3,4 ºC!! con respecto al anterior. No es normal que se superen registros extremos con tanta amplitud, aunque el cambio climático lo está haciendo más frecuente. 🧵https://t.co/PBlEKqLaec
— AEMET (@AEMET_Esp) August 10, 2023
In Benigànim, in the Vall d’Albaida region, the temperature reached 46.3°. In Burjassot 45.8°; in Sumacarser, 45.8°; in Betera, 45.2°; in La Pobla Llarga, 46.2°; in Canals, 45.7°; in Aldaia, 45.5° and in Catarroja, 45.1°.
New records exceed old ones by several degrees
“These kinds of multi-degree temperature records are multiplying all over the planet. These have been proven to be related to the current rate of global warming,” Aemet posted on her accounts.
The Valencian Ministry of Health has declared a high risk (red) for this Thursday in several Valencian regions.