STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
MET office predictions that we are to experience a particularly hot summer were difficult to believe yesterday when the Balearic Islands were swept by intense rainfall and hail accompanied by temperatures well below average for this time of year.

The regional weather centre director, Agustin Jansa said yesterday that June had continued the trend the Islands had experienced in May with “extraordinary” rainfall levels and cold. Although last month had registered as being the rainiest May since records began, it is still too early to say whether June will follow suit.

Meteorological data confirmed that the heaviest rainfall fell yesterday on Sant Joan Labritja on Ibiza where 56 litres of rain per square metre fell in an hour. Significant storms were also registered in Mahon on Minorca (25 litres per square metre) and in Palma (20 litres).

Nevertheless, the heavy rainfall was a weaker version of the prediction which had been made earlier in the day on Tuesday when the Meteorological office had forecast tornado strength weather conditions sweeping in from the southwest, triggering local authorities to declare a red alert and taking precautionary measures such as recommending school closures. In the event, the worst of the weather fell at sea but the Balearics remained on orange alert.

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