Palma.—One of the coldest Junes on record came to an end on Sunday with official figures showing that temperatures were almost one degree lower than normal.

The relatively low temperatures got the alarm bells ringing especially as French long range weather forecast claimed that this could be a “cool” summer.

The average temperature last month was 21.2 degrees Centigrade down from the usual 21.9 degrees.
But beach lovers should not despair. July is set to enjoy the usual temperatures for this time of the year with the Palma Met Office forecasting yesterday that there would be a gradual increase in the temperatures this week.

But it was not only the relatively cool temperatures which caused concern in June. Heavy rain fell in some parts of the island. On 22 June, 33 litres of rain per square metre fell in Lluchmajor, 24 litres in just one hour. It had not rained so much in the area since 1973.

The Met Office said; “despite an unusual June we will be seeing a normal July and August with high temperatures. “Tourists and residents should be on their guard because high temperatures can prove to be very dangerous.”

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