Spain Is Experiencing It’s Hottest Temperatures Since The July 95′ Heatwave, Madrid Sees Hottest Day In 17 Years!

Written by on August 11, 2012 in Rest of Europe with 0 Comments

A powerful upper level ridge of high pressure has been tormenting the Spainish interior over the past 7 days with the hottest weather in 17 years for many.

Cordova in the southern interior averages a high of 96° with a low of 67° but during the first 10 days of August only two days have failed to reach the century mark and yesterday saw an impressive high of 114° following a sweltering low of 83.

In the capital, Madrid, the high on Friday soared to 106° which marked the hottest reading since the Heatwave of July 1995 when a high of 108° was achieved. During that scorching month, Cordova struck a peak temp of 116° but more impressive was the warm nighttime low of 83° yesterday morning compared to the 81° low following the 116° high set back in July 95′.

Sevilla struck a toasty 111° yesterday but this was shy of the record 116° set back in July 95′.

Today has seen equally as hot temperatures with most towns/cities in the southern interior rising beyond 110° with several reaching at least 113°.

Here are today’s temperature anomalies across Europe according to the GFS. Notice the warmest compared to normal in over Spain (Map courtesy of WeatherBELL Models)

Spain highs are warmer than those set back during European heat wave of 2003, More Comparable To July 95′

While many of you will remember well the super heat of 2003 which sadly killed thousands from southern Spain to the UK with the worst being over France. Records fell left, right and centre with this heat wave with Spain seeing highs of 113° at Jerez which was a record. The worst of the heat compared to normal was over typically cooler northern Spain. All-time record highs was set over France, Belgium, Switzerland and here in the UK where we experienced our first 100° reading in recorded history. Brogdale, Kent took the UK prize with 101° but Heathrow too hit 100°. All in all the heat wasn’t as severe over Spain as 100s are typical over the interior during the summer months with 110s showing up ever few years in the south. You can see from the map below where the core of heat was.

The heat of July 1995 was far worse than 2003 for Spain and highs today, yesterday and the day before are more impressive like those of 95′ as compared to 2003.


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