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Hottest and driest May since 1950
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thinkSPAIN , Monday, June 11, 2012

THIS May has been the driest and second-hottest in over 60 years, according to the State meteorological agency, AEMET.

The Mediterranean and south coasts in particular have seen unprecedented climates which are more akin to those found in July.

Temperatures have been an average of 2.5C higher, although in practice, parts of the coast were sweltering as the mercury hit the high 30s and even 40s at a time of year when it rarely creeps above 20C to 25CC.

And rainfall has been 88 per cent lower than average, says AEMET, being a mere 5.8 litres per square metre, or 0.58mm.

This means last month was the driest May since 1950, and the second-hottest in over 30 years, beaten only by May 1999.

Temperatures on Sunday, May 13 the hottest day of the month rose to 39.2C and 39.3C in Xtiva and Miramar (Valencia) respectively, and 39.7C in Carcaixent (Valencia).

Yesterday and today saw the thermometer shoot up to between 29C and 34C in the shade along the Mediterranean coast, despite predictions of a drop in temperatures after the May heatwave.

 
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