MADRID – A scorching heatwave that has been gripping at least half of Spain looked set to continue throughout the weekend, according to the state weather forecasting agency on Thursday.
The intense heat that set in on Wednesday would linger until at least Sunday, although the extremely high temperatures were expected to slowly start dropping from Friday.
Temperatures would be “significantly high, even until Monday,” but from Friday they would begin to go down, especially in the southern half of the country, according to a statement by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
The arrival of an air mass from Northern Africa was the reason for the heatwave, which would be at its most intense on Thursday.
The highest temperature so far Thursday was recorded in the province of Cordoba, where the mercury made it to 43.7º C (110.7 F), Aemet said.
On Wednesday, the southern city of Granada saw its highest temperature since records have been kept, with the airport’s weather observatory recording 45.7º (114.3 F).
Images captured by EFE photographers showed people trying to cool down by splashing around in Cordoba’s fountains.
Although a red weather-alert level warning – the highest one, indicating “extreme risk” – would still be in place Friday in the provinces of Cordoba and Jaen, temperatures as high as those in recent days were expected to drop “gently and slowly.”
In the regions of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and the provinces of Seville, Granada, Huelva, Avila and Salamanca, an orange alert level would remain in place.