Warning to Brit tourists as maps show Spain hit with second heatwave

UK weather: Settled conditions forecast by Met Office

Spain is already sizzling in its second heatwave of the year as many areas saw the mercury skyrocket to 38C in “summer-like temperatures” despite it being only the beginning of May. Forecasters have warned that almost no Spanish city will drop below 20C this Friday as the country continues to battle high temperatures into next week with no rain clouds spotted on the horizon.

After a brief respite over the weekend, temperatures in some parts of Spain have risen again and are expected to peak today, according to meteorologist Roberto Granda. 

The entire week is expected to be warm, with slight fluctuations, but temperatures are likely to remain above average, or even much higher depending on the region. 

Although the heatwave will not be as extreme or long-lasting as the previous week, it is still expected to worsen the already serious drought situation as rainfall is not expected.

Mr Granda, from Eltiempo.es, warned that temperatures could exceed 30C in many areas, including the valleys of the Guadalquivir, the Tagus, the Guadiana, and the Ebro, as well as on the Cantabrian coast. 

While popular tourist destinations like Barcelona and Ibiza will be a bit chillier and linger around the mid 20s today, areas further down south, inlcuding Seville will be well above 30C.

He said: “It was still warmer than it would be at the end of April, but the drop was significant in the highs and it was also very noticeable at night.

“But on Sunday they went up again, on Monday this rise became more pronounced and on Tuesday there was a peak in southern areas, with 35C or 36C in the Guadalquivir valley.

“On Wednesday this new peak will be at its highest in the north, which is where the rise will be most noticeable, and in parts of the centre, while temperatures will drop in Galicia, the southwest and the southeast, but it will still be hot for the season.”

In Santander, temperatures are expected to reach 29C, while in Bilbao, where temperatures should be around 21C or 22C, they could rise to 34C or 35C, depending on the wind direction.

Mr Ganda explained: “It will be quite hot on Wednesday, summer temperatures in large areas, but just one day, not like last week, which lasted five days.”

While some areas will experience a drop in temperature on Thursday, the heat will continue in many parts of the country, and there is no significant relief in sight.

The forecaster said that for the second week of the month “everything seems to indicate that we will continue with very warm temperatures in a large part of the country and very little rain”. 

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Mr Granda added: “The dynamic already seems totally summer-like and it’s still May.”

Meanwhile in the UK, unsettled conditions are set to continue, with some showers expected to prevail throughout the King’s Coronation.

Currently Saturday is forecast to be quite damp, with scattered showers across the country, though with less widespread and intense rainfall compared to Friday. 

Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster, Steven Keates, said: “On Saturday we will see showers developing from late morning in some central, eastern and northern areas, but also with some sunny spells through the day. 

“At this stage it looks like London could avoid the showers in the morning before some develop through the afternoon.

“Heavier rain is expected to move into the southwest of the UK and heavy showers are likely for parts of Northern Ireland.

“Winds will remain light away from the far north where gusty winds will begin to ease.

“Highs of 20C are possible in London in any sunshine, with mid to high teens possible elsewhere.”

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