Thursday, September 16

Weather in Alicante: risk of isolated storms in the afternoon

The Meteorology Statal Agency (AEMET) has activated the yellow warning for storms with probability of hail in the interior of the province of Valencia. The risk is decreed between 1:00 p.m. and 9:59 p.m., both in the north and in the south of the province, while the rest of the Valencian Community is at the green level.

Given this forecast, the 112 Emergency Coordination Center of the Generalitat has issued a meteorological information bulletin in which it reminds that the yellow level does not activate the pre-emergency as it does not reach important risk thresholds, although it can generate problems in vulnerable activities or locations that require preventive measures.

For him second day of august it is expected that eThe sky is cloudy with rainfall from noon that may be accompanied by a storm, more likely in Valencia and Castellón than in Alicante, where also it can rain in the Marina Alta. Of course, the minimum temperatures will rise in the northern half or without changes in the rest, while the maximum temperatures will remain slightly lower or at similar values. The wind will come from the east and southeast weak with intervals of this moderate in the coast of Alicante in the afternoon.

More than 32 million Spaniards, that is, a 70% of the population, They are already being affected by the consequences of climate change, a phenomenon that is causing a lengthening of summers, accumulating very warm years in the last decade and causing an increase in the frequency of tropical nights. The warming of the water of the Mediterranean Sea that has been registered in the last two decades off the coast of the province of Alicante is, for Jorge Olcina, director of the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Alicante, the most obvious manifestation of climate change and the most important problem. Regarding the extension of summers, in Alicante the season stretches until the end of October.

The sea is a medium that conserves heat a lot, which accumulates it, so that this warming has already manifested itself in the Mediterranean Sea is a serious problem, because it assumes that this heat is transferred to the atmosphere and drives the rise in temperatures in the areas near the coast for the next few decades.

The heating of the water in the Mediterranean it has two direct climatic consequences. It is responsible for the increase in tropical nights (the thermometer does not drop below 20 degrees in summer) in the cities of the Alicante coast. Are “tropical nights “se have tripled from 1980 to the present. It is responsible for the increase that has been registered in the number of intense storms, of short duration, that cause flooding in the cities of the coast (Alicante, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Denia, Xàbia … they have already noticed the effects of these intense storms with floods)

The warming of the Mediterranean Sea is causing changes in plant and animal species in our sea. Species have appeared “invasives” of algae and fish, because now they find favorable water temperature conditions for their development.

In short, “the warming of the Mediterranean Sea is the main problem of the process of thermal heating which has been registered since 1980. Because it is a long-term process, by accumulating the heat that will manifest itself slowly but progressively in the temperatures of the coastline, says Olcina.

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