Palma.—Last month may well have been the coldest in Spain since 1985 but Spain's State Meteorological Agency AEMET has given little importance to France's Meteo predictions that this would be the coldest summer in Western Europe in 200 years.

Granted, average temperatures last month dropped by 1.2 degrees compared to the average 15.9 for this time of year but we are going to soon see the arrival of Summer. “Our web doesn't show abnormalities for the summer, although it's only a model,” said Alejandro Lomas, spokesperson for AEMET. “Spanish summers are unlikely to be cold.” Lomas forecasts that this weekend's weather will bring showers to the north of Spain but that overall temperatures will rise slightly and that will be the trend for June as we head towards the peak of the Summer.

Lomas said yesterday that this Summer is going to “hot and dry” and that the alarming forecast issued in France was “excessive”.
And, it certainly was not the headline news the tourist industry wanted to see with the sector heading into a bumper Summer season with bookings and hotel occupancy well up on last year. “Conditions may have been a little ‘chillier' up until now, but we have absolutely no long term indications that this Summer will be any different to usual,” Lomas said.

France's main weather channel announced that there is a 70 percent chance of this summer being cold and wet across Spain, France, Portugal, Germany and Austria.

Cold maritime fronts and weak solar activity during the winter months have not only given us a chillier Spanish spring than normal, they're also going to make the summer months unusually dreary and rainy.

According to Meteo, June and July are only likely to have short periods of summer heat which will in turn bring heavy storms in August.
September and October are likely to register higher average temperatures and less rain, the French weather agencyannounced. But the Spanishmet. office was adamant yesterday that no freak weather is expected this Summer so everyone can relax and ‘head to the beach'.