It’s at this time of year is when those of us lucky enough to live on Spain’s Costa del Sol truly realise what it means to live in a hot Mediterrenean country. On Sunday, temperatures reached a staggering 40°C in the shade in this part of Spain, but felt considerably hotter in the direct sunlight…
It’s at this time of year is when those of us lucky enough to live on Spain’s Costa del Sol truly realise what it means to live in a hot Mediterrenean country.
Over the last few days, temperatures reached a staggering 40°C in the shade on the Coast, but felt considerably hotter in the direct sunlight.
The only sensible place to be was either in the pool or the sea, although with pool temperatures like warm soup, there wasn’t much relief to be found!
But then we shouldn’t really be that surprised each time the mercury rises to extraordinary levels.
According to figures released this week by the National Institute of Statistics, Malaga is the third sunniest and the fourth hottest city in the whole of mainland Spain, registering an average of 3,059 hours of sunlight per year, and a annual median temperature of 19°C.
Only Seville, Alicante and Almeria regularly record hotter weather.
This past weekend’s high temperatures were blamed fairly and squarely by those in the know on a land breeze which brought hot air in to the Coast from the heart of Spain through the Guadalhorce valley.
Temperatures were so extreme, weather alerts were issued throughout the area.
Recommendations included staying indoors with fans or air conditioning switched on, or taking a dip in the sea which ironically, actually feels cooler this year than in previous years.
Still, the tourists seem to love the hot weather and there are plenty of them out and about on the beaches during the day and in the bars and restaurants up and down the Coast at night, which is good news for everybody.
Thanksfully the temperature has cooled down over the last 24 hours, but it’s still scorching in the sun!
That’s all for now, hasta luego!