Spaniards sought cover in parks, went to the beach, or drank cold beverages as the nation experienced its second heatwave of the year, with temperatures reaching 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit).

Warm summer sunlight paired with a hot air flow from North Africa has caused temperatures to skyrocket, according to state meteorological analysts AEMET, and the heatwave might linger until July 14.

Forecasters said the highest recorded temperature on Sunday was 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit) around Seville in southern Spain and Badajoz in the country’s west.

Temperatures in Corboda and Extremadura, both in southern Spain, might reach 44 degrees Celsius, according to AEMET spokesperson Ruben del Campo.

During the warmth, there was also a heightened danger of woodland fires, according to Del Campo.

90 firemen were fighting a wildfire that erupted Saturday night in La Rioja, northern Spain, regional officials reported on Sunday.

A fire at El Ronquillo, near Seville, forced the evacuation of roughly 100 people, according to Andalusian regional officials.

According to AEMET, Spaniards experienced the earliest heatwave since 1981 in June, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Fahrenheit in portions of central and southern Spain.

Source: Reuters

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