Spain set a new heat record for the month. In January, the temperature at the official weather station in Valencia reached plus 30.7 degrees, writes Evening Standard with reference to data from the meteorological agency AEMET.
This is the absolute maximum not only for Spain, but for the whole of Europe. At the semi-official station in Murcia, the thermometer rose even higher – to 31.5 degrees Celsius. In the center of the country the air warmed up to plus 25-27 degrees.
In the next Portugalas reported Sky News, temperatures in some regions rose to 23 degrees. Such indicators exceed the climate norm by 8-9 degrees.
Record temperatures lead to drought and forest fires in Spain. European scientists are linking the scorching heat of midwinter to global climate change.
2023 was the second hottest year for Spain and the most hot for the planet over the entire history of meteorological observations. The average global temperature was 14.98 degrees. The previous record was recorded in 2016.