A FIERY burst of Saharan air blowing through the Alicante Province will bring some very stable weather conditions for the coming weekend, giving the coastline a preview of summer, as the thermometer is set to rise above 30 degrees.
The air will stay dry for the remainder of next week, with no trace of the normal spring rains which have deserted the region this year.
Temperatures during the last few days have reached 35 degrees in Mutxamel, Elche, Novelda and Orihuela, with San Vicente registering a slightly lower 32 degrees, way above the normal temperatures for early June.
In Alicante the mercury rose to 28 degrees in the middle of last week, with high humidity making the conditions particularly uncomfortable.
The heat is not only affecting the land this spring, as sea temperatures have risen rapidly over the last few weeks to a temperature of around 23 degrees.
This sea temperature represents a two degree increase on normal early June figures, more typical of July, however the long term forecast for the region does not predict spikes of extreme hot conditions pushing the sea temperatures to those levels of 2015.
The driest spring of the last 150 years has, on the other hand, re-ignited alarm throughout the province regarding the availability of water supply through to autumn.
If no further rain comes through summer, the reservoirs have only enough supply to take the province through until October.
The desalination plants cannot supply one hundred percent of the water required as the recent May was a very dry month throughout the province, in fact Alicante did not receive a single drop of rainwater.
In addition, the average temperature of 19 degrees was two above normal for the month, further worrying farmers and agricultural businessesfarmers who have found out recently that water from the Torrevieja desalination plant costs €0.5 a cubic metre.