Madrid.—The National Weather Agency (AEMET) confirmed that the average temperature for Spain last month was 21.5 degrees Centigrade, 1.5ºC above the historic average based on figures registered between 1971 and 2000. In terms of rainfall, AEMET described the level for the month as “generally dry” averaging out at 22 litres per square metre, “well below the norm for the month of 36 litres.” The month began, said a spokesman for AEMET with a belt of cold air moving across the country from the northeast, developing into storms over the eastern part of the mainland and in the Balearics.

This was followed by a high pressure system in the North Atlantic conflicting with a low one across North Africa which resulted in stormy weather in all regions of the country. However, over the last 10 days of June, both the mainland and the Balearics were enveloped in a mass of hot air pushing temperatures higher than normal for the time of year.

AEMET said that although Andalucia and the east of Castilla-La Mancha had been exposed to temperatures which were more than 2 degrees above what these regions could expect in June, in the Balearics temperatures were “normal” for the month, perhaps a bit above average.

Even though the Weather Agency had pointed to rainfall in June for the country as a whole being well below average, it described the regions of the Balearics, La Rioja, Navarre and parts of others as having been “relatively wet” in comparison to norms for the month.

The sporadic trend of rainfall in June was echoed in AEMET's report by the fact that the northwestern coastal region of Galicia, so often exposed to driving Atlantic storms, had the driest June on record this year.

Most of the rainfall registered last month fell in the first 10 days said the Weather Agency.


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