By Humphrey Carter

THE mini-heatwave which arrived in the Balearics from North Africa on Sunday is forecast to remain with us until Thursday.
The director of the Balearic Met. office, Agustín Jansa, issued the revised outlook yesterday after temperatures were initially expected to return to normal today.

However Jansa explained that the mass of hot air that has blown across from North Africa is going to remain in the region until Thursday at the earliest keeping temperatures between 32ºC and 34ºC.

He said that by early afternoon, the highest temperature had been recorded at Palma airport where it reached 34ºC yesterday at mid-day.
Jansa expects the mass of hot air to move off in the direction of Eastern Europe on Thursday and, on Friday, temperatures could drop by as much as two to four degrees centigrade.

The mini-heatwave is gripping most of the country but the spokesperson for the National Meteorological Institute, Angel Rivera, said yesterday that the temperatures are quite normal for this time of year and, apart from some parts of Andalusia, no regions have been put on hot weather alert.

In fact, contrary to all the pre-summer warnings of a long scorching summer for Southern Europe, Rivera said that this summer is proving to be “slightly cooler than usual, a phenomenon which happens every six or seven years.” The north east of the country, for example, can expect heavy rain and cool temperatures this weekend after temperatures on Sunday in San Sebastian, for example reached 38ºC.


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