Fountains and trees create "small oases" in the city. | Miquel À. Cañellas
While Aemet weather stations register official temperatures, in Palma there is a feeling of highs reaching 50 degrees. This is on account of the heat island effect - temperature increased by buildings, asphalt, vehicles and industry - and the thermal sensation. Enrique Morán, professor of climatology at the University of the Balearic Islands, says that at 38 degrees and with 40 per cent humidity, "you can have the feeling that it is 50 degrees". "At noon in the sun, it is getting closer and closer to the experience of being in the desert."