STAFF REPORTER
WEDNESDAY night was the hottest so far this year in the Balearics, with temperatures setting all-time records in different municipalities of Majorca. In Puerto Pollensa, the minimum temperature didn't drop below 30 degrees centigrade.

Maria Jose Guerrero, spokeswoman for the National Met. Office and Weather Agency (AEMET) said yesterday that another particular hot spot overnight had been Lluc where minimum temperatures went no lower than 29 degrees. Elsewhere on Majorca, they hovered between 26 and 27 degrees as a minimum.

Guerrero described the heat wave currently smothering the Balearics as “quite aggressive,” as in places it has broken previous records. On Wednesday, temperatures settled at around 40 degrees centigrade over much of Majorca with Sa Pobla being the hottest place at 43 degrees. At only two other times since records began had such a high temperature been reached there - in 1983 and 1994.

A maximum of 41 degrees was recorded in Porreres, the highest in its history. Soller and Inca also recorded 41 degrees, Llubi 41.8, Sant Joan, 40.8, Sineu 40.2, 39.1 in Lluc and 39.9 in Llucmajor. Guerrero said yesterday that the heat wave was felt particularly in the area of Majorca's Tramuntana mountains, and the centre and north of the island. Temperatures remained high elsewhere but in coastal areas there was a pronounced sensation of heat due to the humidity. Hence in Porto Pi, although the maximum temperature recorded was 33 degrees, it felt like 37 degrees due to the “energy draining” humidity.

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