The scientists consider that these repeated heat waves, signs of global warming, will multiply and intensify in the future.
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A scorching heat wave hits Spain. And Saturday, the absolute temperature record in this country was reached with 47.4 degrees recorded in Montoro, in the province of Cordoba in the south of the country, according to the state meteorological agency (AEMET). “This would be the highest temperature recorded in Spain”, AEMET spokesperson Rubén del Campo said on Sunday (August 15th), stressing that these were provisional data that will have to be validated in the coming days.
This temperature, recorded on Saturday at 5 p.m., is higher than the previous record recorded on July 13, 2017 at the same place, and occurs in the middle of a scorching heat wave. It continues Sunday in Spain, where several regions face temperatures above 45 degrees.
These temperatures, far above seasonal norms, are due to the arrival of a mass of very hot air from North Africa, combined with strong solar exposure, according to the meteorological agency.
Between 2011 and 2020, Spain recorded twice as many heat waves as in each of the previous three decades. Scientists regard repeated heat waves as an undeniable result of global warming and believe that these heat waves are bound to multiply, lengthen and intensify. The heat record in Italy was broken on August 11 with a temperature of 48.8 degrees in Sicily.
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