Posted by Julie Day on July 08, 2015

So, who’s had enough of the heatwave? Me and probably the majority of people living in Spain, yet especially those in Girona, Granada, Lleida and Zaragoza, as thermometers in these provinces registered their highest temperatures ever.

We are currently experiencing the second heatwave of the summer, although it feels like it’s all rolled into one, in which nights are just as unbearable as days and trying to work or do anything in this heat is almost impossible.

While many of our thermometers at home are showing temperatures of nearly 50⁰C, those checked by Spain’s State Weather Agency are set up in controlled conditions in the shade and produce more realistic results.

The four provinces of Girona, Granada, Lleida and Zaragoza have all broken their own records for the hottest temperatures as outlined below:


On Sunday, the thermometer set up in a controlled environment at the airport registered 41.3⁰C. This beat the previous record of 2003 of 41.2⁰C.


In the space of two days, the temperature gauge at the airport of Granada broke its record twice. On Monday, it registered 42.8⁰C and on Tuesday, temperatures increased to 43.1⁰C. This broke the maximum temperature registered last year, the highest since records began in 1972.


The heat was also felt in the north of the country, where in Lleida the thermometer gauge also registered 43.1⁰C. The maximum temperature registered in this province previously was recorded in 1983.


The highest temperature registered this week so far was in Zaragoza, where the gauge at the airport recorded 44.5⁰C. This is 1.4⁰C higher than the previous maximum registered in July 2009.

Not only this, but records were broken in 17 other weather stations across the country, although temperatures were not as high as in the provinces mentioned above. For example, maximum temperatures were recorded in three stations in Madrid on 29 June: Retiro, Barajas and Torrejón, while 39.9⁰C were registered in Retiro, which is so far a maximum for July.




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