Heat wave to last until Sunday

According to the latest forecasts the intense heat that the South of Spain has been experiencing recently will last until at least Sunday. Yesterday the highest temperatures for 15 years were recorded in Elche in the province of Alicante where the temperature reached above 40 degrees and although a slight drop in temperatures has been forecast for today and tomorrow experts have warned that the heat wave is likely to last until the end of the weekend.

Jorge Olcina, the director of the Climatology Laboratory in Alicante University explained that temperatures soared throughout the province of Alicante yesterday as a result of hot air coming from North Africa. As well as extremely high temperatures the levels of humidity were also very high for this time of year.

In fact yesterday was the hottest day on record for 15 years and although a drop of 2 or 3 degrees has been forecast for today and tomorrow temperatures are expected to rise again on Friday and last until Sunday.

Jorge Olcina said that ‘it is a particularly strong heat which is unusual for the second fortnight of August’.

The summer heat in this part of Spain has already claimed the life of one young man who died on San Juan beach near Alicante and another three people had to be hospitalized suffering from heat stroke.