“moderate” temperatures will not return

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Julio seemed like he was going to give us a break. After months of meteorological oddities and extreme situations, it seemed that we were headed for a stable and hot month; come on, a “full summer” month, as the experts say. But, quickly, that is over: the arrival this Sunday of a small DANA from the Atlantic is leaving rains throughout the northwest and, perhaps, a small drop in temperatures in the Bay of Biscay. It is better not to trust.


We come from two horrific months…. June has been a very strange month. After the intense heat wave from 11 to 18, a few days arrived with very low temperatures for usual. However, overall, the month has been “extremely hot and dry in almost the entire country.”

It has not reached the extremes of May (which, let us remember, was warmest May since 1965), but the general computation leaves us in a very bad place. Above all, with regard to reservoir water (we continue with 20% less than the average of the last ten years).

The question is no longer when the heat wave will go away.  The question is if it ever will

…but it seemed like it was over. Here, as always, the key word is “seemed”. Last week was, in almost the entire peninsula, a week of moderate temperatures. Very moderate if we compare them with those that were suffering in the north of Europe. For this reason, the arrival of a storm can generate false expectations about what the summer will be like.

What does it take to make it hot in summer and why do we have (almost) everything? Beyond basic astronomical explanations (the fact that the Earth’s axis is tilted and that makes the exposure to the sun change throughout the year), the truth is that the Iberian Peninsula is a particularly good place to produce heat. All you need is a lack of cloud cover, a high number of hours of sunshine, a certain atmospheric stability (which traps the heat and prevents it from being distributed) and a lack of wind for the thermometer to rise very quickly. I mean, it just needs to be summer.

And that’s where we’re going. So no: although there may be showers during the week, the truth is that the temperatures are going to go higher. The storm will not have enough entity to break the atmospheric balance, break the ‘heat trap’ and stop the production of high temperatures.

In fact, according to AEMET and its spokesman Rubén del Campo, we are going to find a “typical summer heat, with temperatures perhaps a little higher than normal, especially in the western half.” In the next few days, it will reach 38ºC in points of the eastern interior and the nights will be tropical in the Mediterranean area. The rains will be a trompe l’oeil. Let’s head to thermal summer in its most classic sense; head to heat

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Julio seemed like he was going to give us a break. After months of meteorological oddities and extreme situations, it…

Julio seemed like he was going to give us a break. After months of meteorological oddities and extreme situations, it…

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