BRITISH holidaymakers have been warned of a ‘level 1 heat alert’ across Spain as we head for a muggy 42C.
According to the Spanish weather agency AEMET, the first hot heatwave of the summer will hit popular holiday resorts such as Benidorm and the islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.
Temperatures of between 38°C and 40°C are expected on Saturday – but the sweltering heatwave will continue to rise in the days that follow.
By Tuesday, AEMET expects a high of 42C, which will feel even hotter due to high humidity.
The hardest hit areas will be the Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera.
At this time of year, Britons on the islands usually tan with mild temperatures of around 30°C.
“We are currently registering temperatures that are slightly above normal, a degree or two above normal,” said María José Guerrero, a spokeswoman for AEMET Majorca Daily.
Spain has had a warmer than average spring and summer so far and holidaymakers have been warned of an “extremely hot” period in June.
AEMET forecast a “high probability” that the country will experience a hotter-than-normal summer.
The heat has already intensified in Spain after the country recorded its hottest spring on record and its second driest spring.
AEMET’s Rubén Del Campo said the June data showed a continuation of last year’s extremely high temperatures.
He added: “We are already getting used to records. March and April were very warm and May was normal.”
“This year is the second warmest spring in history. Surface water temperatures recorded in 2022 were the highest since at least 1940.”
Last year was Spain’s hottest year since records began in 1961, and three intense summer heatwaves lasted 41 days – an all-time high.
On August 3rd, temperatures in the southern city of Cordoba reached a record high of 47.6°C.