Holidaymakers travelling to Spain are being urged to prepare for an “intense” and “persistent” series of heatwaves about to hit mainland Europe. Accuweather said “long-duration” incoming heatwaves spreading from Spain and Portugal to Hungary in eastern Europe will leave people sweltering for months. The sizzling weather is predicted to arrive in June and “the heat will be more persistent than during last summer” when temperatures reached record highs, Accuweather said. Spain could see “multi-day” heatwaves with the mercury soaring to a life-threatening 43C or even higher.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said: “High temperatures may reach 40 C (104 F) in parts of southern and eastern France from July into early August.”
Visitors to Spain and other countries are being warned to take extra precautions ahead of travelling, drinking lots of water and staying in the shade.
Dry and hot weather hit Spain earlier this month meaning conditions are ripe for wildfires.
The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) tweeted today Teide National Park was one of the areas at increased risk of wildfires.
The EU body tweeted: “Spain has been experiencing a heatwave which increased the risk of fires with Teide National Park being assigned a “High Danger” rating in the Fire Danger Forecast on our European Forest Fire Information System #EFFIS at the time of the blaze.”
Devastating wildfires hit Europe in 2018 including a series of blazes in Greece originating in Attica that killed 102 people and injured 172 others.
Right now, temperatures are warm in Spain and are hovering between the early to late 20Cs.
The mercury is forecast to hit 27C in Malaga, 25C in Madrid and 23C in Valencia.
But the extreme weather may not be far away and poses additional threats to drought including extreme storm conditions.
Boys added: “These storms will bring frequent lightning, flooding downpours and damaging winds and hail.
“The strongest storms will be capable of producing tornadoes.”
At least 10 people were killed in flash floods that swamped towns on the Spanish island of Mallorca last October.
British couple Anthony and Delia Green were among the fatalities.
The Scots drowned as their taxi was engulfed by flood water in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, located about 40 miles east of the capital Palma.
Will there be a heatwave in the UK?
The UK is at risk of drought conditions as dry weather prevails across “southern parts” of Britain, Accuweather said.
This is likely to bring average to above-average temperatures for the summer months between June and August.
However, “the most intense heat will be found across the interior of Europe”.