Is it getting hotter in Spain?
I know, I know, as a blogger I am supposed to answer the question I pose in the title, but from the outset I can state clearly: I don’t know the answer for sure. It seems to be getting hotter. Statistics say it is getting hotter.
This is an interesting topic. Weather does, after all, affect each and every one of us.
Yesterday – during which the temperature climbed and climbed to 39c (102f) as the day wore on – I bumped into a fellow expat here in Andalusia, and he was telling me about how hot it was in April during his last visit. In April? Yes, apparently. And I was sure there had been at least two very hot spells since then.
So let’s have a look at the temperature stats for this year’s Spring in Jerez de la Frontera, just down the road from where I live.
Those statistics tell me that in April there was a hot spell which actually began in late March. The highest temperature recorded in the month of April was 33c (91f) on the 12th and the 18th, but the whole month was unusually warm, as was March with top temp of 29c (84f) as early as the 10th!
May was also consistently hot, though a top of 33c was far from record breaking.
June was exceptional with temperatures of over 30c (86f) every day until the 29th. 41c (106f) was recorded on the 16th and 43c (109f) on the 24th. I can confirm that the locals were not happy during that period!
We are into another scorching spell with forecast temps at 38c and higher for the next 5 days. But this is more to be expected as we are in Summer now.
To put this year’s Spring heat into some kind of perspective, official average figures for Jerez de la Frontera are:
April: 21c (70f)
May: 24c (75f)
June: 29c (84f)
Meanwhile, this chart from Spain’s Meteorological Agency (AEMET) shows what has been happening to Spanish Springs since 1965:
Up and up goes the thermometer.
I am not about to enter into a debate about Climate Change, formerly known as Global Warming, but if the statistics shown in this graph are correct, then Spring temperatures in Spain have been rising consistently.
So many have opined as to the causes. I shall ‘keep my powder dry’ because even if those statistics are right, I really could not say with any certainty what is behind the rises in temperature.
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