THE month of June has been exceptionally hot with the highest temperatures being registered between the 13th and the 22nd.
The National Meteorological Institute has reported that three quarters of the Mahón. In the Duero, Tajo and Levante, new maximum temperatures were also recorded in June; in more than 80 percent of the observatories, rises in excess of regions of Spain, the Balearics amongst them, have experienced record temperature levels. All the observatories of the following catchment areas pointed to new highs in average temperatures: in the Eastern Pyrenees, Ebro, Tajo, Guadiana, Levante, Southeast, South and also in the Balearics. Additionally, there were significant differences between figures recorded during the previous year. For example, in Catalunya there was an average rise of 2.9 degrees; there was one of 3.5 in Gerona reaching a peak of 24.9 degrees. In the Ebro and in the Balearics the average rise was 2.1 degrees, although Pamplona registered 23.0 degrees, the difference was 3.5 degrees in the Balearics, the largest jump being 2.6 degrees in 1.5 degrees over previous figures were documented. The average differences recorded against previous figures were less noticeable in the North (1.0 degrees), in the Southeast (0.8 degrees), in the South (0.5 degrees), in the area of the Guadalquivir (0.3 degrees), and low decimal figures in the cases of Galicia and the Canary Islands. New absolute maximum temperatures were recorded for June in six independent observatories. The most noticeable was in Gerona registering a temperature 4.3 degrees higher than that recorded in 1981, although this equalled the 39.7 degrees that was experienced in 1931. In Tortosa, the 15th of June witnessed 39.6 degrees of heat. This figure surpassed by 1.6 degrees the absolute maximum temperature recorded at any time during the past 100 years.