OVERNIGHT temperatures reached record levels on the Costa Blanca this week.
The mercury levels in parts of Alicante city didn’t drop below 30ºC, resulting in one of the most suffocating nights experienced in a generation.
Official data from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency – AEMET – showed 28ºC at Alicante-Elche Airport which had their warmest night since records began 50 years ago, beating the 27.3ºC back in August 2015.
The high temperature in Alicante city jumped from the previous highest recorded of 26.7ºC which was registered on two occasions in 1956 and 2015. Wednesday night’s torrid heat was the highest in almost 80 years.
Along the coast, Benidorm also suffered a 30ºC night and El Campello, Elche, Calpe, Busot and Torrevieja stayed at 28ºC. A slightly cooler 27ºC was experienced in Mutxamel and San Vicente.
Murcia didn’t allow its provincial neighbour Alicante to steal the limelight. They also hit 30ºC in parts, accompanied by unbearable levels of humidity registering 80 per cent. San Javier didn’t fall below 27.2ºC and Cartagena 26ºC.
Members of the University of Alicante have explained the reasons for the current climate, stating the presence of a mass of exceptionally warm air, plenty of cloud full of dust and sand – just take a look at the queues at the car washes – and an above-normal sea temperature have combined together.
As daytime temperatures are predicted to rise to 39ºC or higher for today (Friday), a consequence may well be heavy showers and storms which cannot be ruled out.