Today was the hottest day of the year to date with maximum temperatures reaching 35C at the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma), 34.3C in Campos and 33.9C in Llucmajor.
The director of the Balearic delegation for the Aemet meteorology agency, Maria Jose Guerrero, explained that the main reason for the high temperatures in the south and west of the island is that a mass of hot air is sitting above Majorca and that north easterly winds blowing in from Pollensa are pushing that mass further south with temperatures being between four and five degrees higher than usual.
It is not just during the day that temperatures are reaching new highs. We are having to endure tropical nights with minimum temperatures of around 20C. However, as yet, the temperatures have not broken any previous records, according to Aemet.
In July last year temperatures at the airport reached 39.5C, while in July 1983, a maximum of 40.6C was registered.
A gentle breeze cooled temperatures slightly in the south today, but Aemet is warning that temperatures will rise over the weekend and is considering whether to put the island on a weather alert or not. Guerrero has forecast that highs could reach 36C across the island and Saturday and Sunday night are going to be the hottest with minimums of 25C expected.
However, she said that the good news is that the level of humidity is relatively lower than usual and that is helping to ease the intensity of the heat. Next week, temperatures will drop slightly to 30C, which is more normal for this time of year.
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