Joan Collins SA Pobla yesterday became the record holder for the maximum temperature registered during any May on Majorca since weather records have been kept. With 38.4 degrees Celsius, just 1.6 degrees away from 40, Sa Pobla shattered the previous record for the highest temperature in May, held by Lluc with 35 degrees registered on May 31 1994. This week started with rising temperatures. On Tuesday the temperature rose above 30 degrees on the island for the first time this year. And on the same day it was the meteorological station in Sa Pobla which registered the highest temperature, 32.6 degrees, still lower than the record of 35 degrees, but yesterday that record was smashed. Other meteorological stations also recorded very high temperatures yesterday: Porreres with 34.7 degrees; Lluc with 33.5; Port de Pollensa with 32.9; Portopi with 28.8 and Portocolom with 28.5. Minorca had 29 degrees while in Ibiza it was milder at 26.9. The meteorological station in Port de Pollensa beat its record for May as yesterday's 32.9 degrees was above its previous record of 30 degrees, recorded in May of 1979. Augusti Jansa, director of the Balearic Territorial Meteorological Centre, repeated that “these high temperatures are due to a warm front coming from the south, from Africa, which has descended on the islands, but from today the temperatures will fall noticeably due to a cold front coming in from the Atlantic which could cause some squalls. In any case, temperatures are set to rise again on Sunday and Monday, although they will not go as high as the last few days”. During the whole of yesterday people were talking about the prevailing heat wave, giving temperatures very much above normal for this time of year. Some were also saying that the hot weather had arrived too early and, if it continues, the summer will be a very long one, too long in some people's opinion. According to the Meteorological Centre, today will be much cooler, breaking this week's trend, but on Sunday and Monday the heat will return.