(ANSA) – MADRID, JULY 24 – The heat wave that has hit Spain since July 9 has not loosened its grip and extreme temperatures are expected in the south of the country, where the thermometer could reach 45 degrees in the Cordoba region, in Andalusia, which last year recorded a record of 47.4 degrees in Montero. The sweltering temperatures record highs above 36 degrees in most of the country, with the exception of the north-west, according to forecasts by the National Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
This heat, coupled with the lack of rainfall in the Iberian Peninsula since the beginning of the year, sets the stage for an “extreme” risk of fire across the country, Aemet said. In Tenerife, in the Canary archipelago, a forest fire destroyed 2,156 hectares and led to the evacuation of nearly 600 people, the emergency services reported last night.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 200,000 hectares have already been burned in Spain, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (Effis). This figure makes the country the nation on the continent most affected by fires.
Spain has experienced exceptionally high temperatures for the past eleven months. The month of May, in particular, has been the hottest since the beginning of the century. (HANDLE).
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