Sweltering summer forecast in Spain

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SUMMER in Spain this year is set to be hotter than ever with temperatures expected to be well above the average for the season.

State meteorological agency AEMET says this summer has a 50 per cent chance of being much warmer than the norm on the mainland and in the Balearics, and a 45 per cent chance of above-average temperatures in the Canary Islands, based upon figures recorded between 1981 and 2010.

Rainfall will be around average for the time of year – typically rare and in the form of sudden and short-lived thunder storms and downpours.

Already, the mercury is beginning to soar across the country, with May and the first week of June having been hotter than usual.

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