Scorchio! Spanish heatwave breaks three-year record

The town of Xàtiva near Valencia sweltered in record-breaking temperatures of 45.9C this week, making it the hottest place in Spain as a prolonged heatwave continues to bake the country.

Xàtiva, Spain.

Xàtiva, Spain. Image by Jorge Sanz / CC BY-SA 2.0

Other towns across the Iberian Peninsula broke records, including Zaragoza in Aragon where temperatures of 44.5C were the highest ever recorded. The heatwave started on 5 July and meteorologists forecast it could last until 14 July. Spain is on high alert for rocketing temperatures and maximum alert for wildfires, which already ravaged 13500 hectares of countryside over the weekend. Read more:

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