Spain will experience a very “intense” heat wave and extreme temperatures will be reached in June.
Tourists have been warned of the impending heat wave as thousands of Britons flock to the country every week.
The state meteorological agency Aemet said June, July and August will be much warmer than usual.
Ruben Del Campo, from Aemet, explains: “The chance that the next quarter will be warmer than usual is very high.”
The most popular holiday destinations, including the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, and the Balearic Islands, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, will be the most affected.
The chance of a much warmer summer in the Canary Islands, as well as northwestern Spain, is currently at 70 percent.
Rainfall this month is expected to be lower than average.
A heat prevention plan has already been launched in the Canary Islands, as well as a monitoring system for the impact of high temperatures on the health of the population.
Care centers have been notified and a warning has been issued in a number of specific areas.
The warning in the Canary Islands will last until September 15.
The World Meteorological Organization defines a heat wave as an “unusually warm weather” lasting “at least two days” with “records above the thresholds”.
In Spain, the Aemet states that “extreme temperatures should be recorded at the five percent of the warmest, 10 percent of the [meteorological] stations and last at least three days,” explains Rubén del Campo.
The heat wave that starts this week fulfills all three conditions.
It will take at least six days, it will affect at least a third of the country and it will exceed 42 degrees.
Temperatures must be exceptionally high relative to the usual average at a measurement point.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Spain was 46.9 degrees, in Cordoba, in southern Spain.
Additional Reporting from Rita Sobot