The second week of May will end as it began, with “unusual” temperatures for this time of the month and, depending on the area, “more typical of late June or early July” than spring, Reuben explains. del Campo, representative of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet). Thus, in the center and in the south, the thermometers will mark more than 30 °, although they will suffer ups and downs – rises this Friday, small fluctuations on Saturday and drops on Sunday. Highs will typically be 5–10° above normal. Only the coast of the Mediterranean Sea will be saved from the heat, where the meanings of spring are “thanks to the shock-absorbing action of the sea, whose waters are still fresh.” In addition, storms are expected this weekend in the north and east of the peninsula, which can reach the center. Temperatures will rise even more next week and, judging by the data released this Friday, everything indicates that the heat wave will last until the end of the month. This is the forecast:
Kalima Friday in the south, Balearic Islands and autonomous cities. The sky will generally be slightly cloudy over most of the country in the early hours, although evolutionary clouds will form in the northern half, which could lead to storms in the highlands and nearby areas. In the southern half of the peninsula, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla will have suspended dust, which will degrade air quality and also reduce visibility. The temperature will rise again and exceed 30° in most of the center and south of the peninsula, the Ebro valley and points on the northern plateau. For example, 35° is expected in Seville; 33rd in Zaragoza; 31st in Valladolid; and 30° in Madrid; while in Valencia it will be 25°.
Saturday and Sunday: Storms in the north and east. The meteorologist says that the sky will be a little cloudy over the weekend. There will be low cloud cover in the Bay of Biscay. In the afternoon, showers and thunderstorms in the north and east of the peninsula, and possibly also in points in the center. These storms can be severe and accompanied by hail, especially in and around mountainous areas. The atmosphere will be “calmer” in the southwestern part of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
Temperatures on Saturday will not change, except in the eastern part of the Cantabrian Sea, where they will rise, and at points in the center and southwest, where they will drop. On Sunday they will continue their ascent in the Bay of Biscay, especially on the coast of Asturias and northern Galicia, and will reach the western part of Castile and León, Estremadura and western Andalusia. In general, a warm environment will prevail throughout the country, and again values between 30° and 32° will be reached in the Ebro basin and the Minho, Tajo, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys. It is possible that thermometers could have reached the same level on the coast of the Basque Country in time. The epicenter of the heat will be in Cordoba on Saturday with 35 °. Forecasts point to reaching 32° on Sunday in cities such as Lleida, Zaragoza, Cordoba, Seville and Granada.
Canary is fine. Temperatures began to drop on Wednesday and will continue to drop this Friday until they reach normal levels for that time. This will continue into the weekend and most of next week, with cloudy intervals and some rain on Tenerife Friday. Trade winds will intensify over the next week, bringing clouds north of the more mountainous islands.
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Next week: hot for a while. Storms will be less likely, except in the Pyrenees, early next week when the atmosphere stabilizes again. There will be light rain in Galicia and Asturias on Monday, and it will continue in both communities during the first half of the week. These precipitations may also spread to the rest of the Bay of Biscay. The sun will shine on the rest of the country until Wednesday or Thursday.
Temperatures will rise on Monday in the east of the peninsula, and on Tuesday and Wednesday in general. Thus, in the first half of the week, more than 30 ° is expected in a significant part of the northeast of the peninsula, points of the Balearic Islands, the central part and the southern half, not excluding that in these areas on Tuesday and on Wednesday they could exceed 34 °. “We will continue with an environment that is clearly warmer than usual,” the expert concludes, “5° to 10° above normal in most of the country and even 10° to 15° in the northeast.
Weather drought continues
Exterior view of the El Pintado reservoir in Casalla de la Sierra on March 8.PACO BRIDGES
Despite abundant rains in April, hydrological drought continues in most of the most important accumulation basins in Spain, especially in the Duero, Tagus, Guadiana and Eastern Pyrenees basins, due to the uneven distribution of rainfall, which was abundant on the Mediterranean side of the peninsula.
Last month was a wet month, with mainland Spain average rainfall of 66 liters per square meter, up 4% from the average, Del Campo said. It was very humid in the south of Catalonia, in most of Aragon and Castile-la-Mancha, the Valencian Community, Murcia, Almeria, Granada, south of Madrid, parts of Castile and León and the coast of Cantabria, as well as in Ibiza. and in the Canary archipelago. On the contrary, in Galicia, in the north of Catalonia, in parts of Extremadura and in the south of the provinces of Hueva and Malaga, it was dry.
Spain went from an alarming 43% water shortage at the end of February to an 18% deficit in the first week of May, but all indications are that this will not change as high loads have prevailed since last week, guaranteeing stable weather and little rainfall. generally. While heat is virtually guaranteed until the end of the month, “it’s not very clear what will happen in the last week of May in terms of rain.”
The quarterly forecast for May, June and July indicates a warmer quarter across the country and more likely less than usual rainfall in most of Spain, with the exception of the slope of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, where there is no clear trend. “If these forecasts come true, it is very likely that we will have to face a meteorological drought throughout Spain in the summer,” concludes the meteorologist.
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