Madrid, May 21 (EFE).- More than a dozen regions across mainland Spain were on high alert Saturday amid scorching temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country.
The intense heat is also expected to cause thunderstorms, Spain’s meteorological agency (Aemet) warned.
The northern regions of Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia, Galicia, Navarra, Basque Country, Castile and León, and La Rioja, and the central regions of Castile-La Mancha, Community of Madrid, Extremadura have activated the yellow (‘risk’) warning, as has the southern region of Andalusia.
In Andalusia, the coastal city of Almeria is expected to register 36 degrees, while Granada could see temperatures as high as 40 degrees.
The sweltering heat in Castile and Leon and northwestern Galicia could also lead to hail and thunderstorms.
Hot air from North Africa has triggered the heatwave, which has seen temperatures soar as high as 15 degrees Celsius above average for the month of May.
The heat, which has been steadily building across the country since Wednesday, is expected to peak on Saturday. EFE