The weather continues to be beautifully hot and sunny in Spain. In fact, temperatures have been so unusually high that Spain’s official weather agency, Aement, issued warnings for the provinces of Alicante and Valencia, where temperatures are likely to rise into the lower thirties Celsius. That is warm for autumn, even in Spain.
Temperatures are rising to almost ten degrees above the average for the time of year. Valencia city is likely to hit 32 degrees Celsius (almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit), with Murcia city hitting around 33 degrees Celsius.
Seville and Granada in Andalusia, southern Spain are seeing similar temperatures, as is Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. The Southern beaches are enjoying temperatures of anything up to 28 degrees Celsius.
Surprisingly, the unusually balmy weather is even affecting Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela in the Basque Country of northern Spain, an area normally cool at this time of year with temperatures of 26 and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively.
In central Spain. normally also heading for a chillier time of year, Madrid is seeing temperatures nine degrees above normal at 28 degrees Celsius while Barcelona will be enjoying a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius.
For locals this is a confusing phenomenon. Just when they are planning on getting out the jerseys and long sleeved clothing, out come the shorts and T-shirts again.
Summer was unusual generally on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, as July, normally a hot and steamy month, was unusually pleasant, with summer only really kicking in during August. This might possibly be the reason for the extended pleasant weather.