Extremadura has become the pan of Spain these days by registering temperatures above 40 degrees
Extremadura has become this Sunday in the oven of Spain. Seven Extremaduran cities (five from Badajoz and two from Cáceres) have slipped into the afternoon of this day among the ten hottest in the entire country, according to observation information from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet). According to the data collected until 2:00 p.m., the hottest municipality in the country has been Jerez de los Caballeros, becoming a true national frying pan. This town in Badajoz has recorded 40.4 degrees up to that time, followed by La Aldea de San Nicolás, in Las Palmas. After it, four other Extremaduran towns appear: Olivenza, Aliseda, Herrera del Duque and Plasencia, all marking 39.6 degrees. Closing the list is Barcarrota and Villafranca de los Barros, both with 39.5 degrees.
These temperatures respond to the episode of heat that the region is experiencing these days due to the significant rise in minimum and maximum temperatures throughout the Peninsula, and especially in Extremadura. This situation is explained by the extensive and powerful Atlantic anticyclone that forces us to maintain the orange alert due to high temperatures until Tuesday, for now. The Aemet has kept this notice active throughout the region since this Saturday, although areas such as Las Vegas del Guadiana have been in this situation since Friday. This is the second heat wave that the community has endured this summer.
In this way, the region will chain four days in a row under the orange warning for heat. High temperatures are expected this Sunday, exceeding maximums of 40 degrees in many areas. The minimums will also be high, giving rise to tropical nights, since values above 20 degrees will be recorded. In Badajoz the thermometers will oscillate between 22 and 43 degrees; in Cáceres between 24 and 41; in Mérida between 21 and 42; in Plasencia between 24 and 41; and in Don Benito between 22 and 42 degrees.
High temperatures are not only felt in the heat of the air, they are also felt on the earth’s surface. This episode causes the ground to rise in temperature, as can be deduced from the information offered by Copernicus, the Earth Observation Program of the European Union, which studies the planet and its environment. According to the data of this program, this Saturday, July 9, the land surface exceeded 60 degrees in a large part of the Extremaduran community, as can be seen on the map.
Earth’s surface temperature. /
Starting Monday, it is expected that a DANA, which will be located to the west of the peninsula, will displace a mass of very warm air of African origin. Due to this circumstance, they detail from the Aemet, the heat will intensify throughout the peninsula. This situation will remain, in principle, until next Wednesday. From the Aemet they warn that throughout this episode, the highest values will be reached in the southwest of the peninsula, especially in areas such as Extremadura.
Increase from Monday
Thus, for the beginning of the week it is expected that mercury will continue to rise in the region. The forecast for Monday points to generalized temperatures in Extremadura above 40 degrees, and could reach 42 in Las Vegas del Guadiana. The minimum will also be high, reaching 24 degrees in Plasencia and 23 degrees in Don Benito and Cáceres.
For the day on Tuesday, the values will continue to rise slightly. The maximum will again exceed 40 degrees in large areas and the minimum will continue to be above 20 degrees. The Aemet does not rule out that in Las Vegas del Guadiana and the Tagus Valley 44 degrees are reached, being the hottest nights at these points, with minimums above 25 degrees. In Plasencia, for example, the thermometers will mark 27 degrees at dawn. Calima could also be registered.
On Wednesday, the situation could even get worse. For that day, although the warnings have not yet been activated, the minimum temperatures will suffer a slight rise in Cáceres and few changes in Badajoz. Instead, highs will once again exceed 40 degrees in most of the community. In Badajoz they point to maximums of 46 degrees; in Merida, 45; in Don Benito and Plasencia of 44; and in Cáceres 43. The minimum will remain at a general level above 20 degrees, although in Las Vegas del Guadiana and the Tajo valley they could be higher than 25 degrees and in Plasencia the mercury will reach 27 degrees again.
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The General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Interior, in accordance with the predictions of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), have launched an alert due to the heat wave and the risk of forest fires in large areas of the country, among that the Extremaduran community is located.
On the left, fire risk for this Sunday. On the right, fire risk for this Monday. /
High temperatures favor the risk of forest fires and these organizations ask to notify 112 “immediately” if the fire is discovered at its beginning. In fact, the risk of forest fires intensifies and spreads to more areas as of Monday (image on the right). That day, large areas of the region will remain at extreme risk of fires, the maximum degree of danger. The Agency provides forest fire risk levels based on meteorological data and numerical weather prediction models.
To prevent these fires, he recommends paying attention to the regulations of each autonomous community; do not throw cigarettes, garbage and glass; do not light fires or bonfires in the mountains and nearby land; camping only in authorized areas; do not enter the forest or mount if there is a fire; and attend to the indications of the competent authorities in case of emergency.
Faced with high temperatures, it is advisable to limit exposure to the sun; keep the place well ventilated; eat light and regular meals, rich in water and mineral salts; frequently drink fluids; wear light colors, covering the largest possible surface of the foot and head; avoid prolonged physical exercises in the middle of the day; take an interest in the elderly and sick; and bear in mind that high temperatures favor the risk of forest fires.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.