Palma.— “Even though there aren't any record-breaking temperatures to report,” regional National Weather Agency (Aemet) representative Miquel Gili said yesterday, “it looks as though the final fortnight of August is going to continue along the same lines, with day after day of suffocating heat.” Apparently only August in 2003 proved hotter.

Maximum temperatures being recorded yesterday were evidently creeping up above average figures for the time of year reaching 36.9 degrees Centigrade at Palma airport, 5.6 degrees higher than normal.

The highest temperature recorded so far this month on Majorca was 38 degrees at Sa Pobla on 1st August.
Other places around Majorca registering particularly high temperatures were in Binissalem (36.2º); the Balearic University (36.1º); Sa Pobla (35.9º).
Humidity, the enemy
The sensation of heat is made worse Gili explained by humidity levels which were as high as 70 percent in coastal areas yesterday and 50 percent inland.

Gili said that the heat has proved to be especially suffocating at night. In the Alfabia mountains, night-time temperatures didn't drop below 24.2º last Thursday, and at Capdepera lighthouse, the thermometer moved no lower than 23.8.º That night, humidity was registering around 95% which promoted the sensation of oppressive heat right around the island.

Gili warned that despite a temperature drop of between 1 and 2 degrees, above average heat is expected to continue and a yellow alert will remain in place. The public is advised to avoid demanding exercise during the heat of the day, wear a hat if out in the sun, and to be sure to drink plenty of water.