TEMPERATURES of 41.5º Celsius hit the Costa Blanca this week, making it the ‘frying-pan’ of Spain.
In Alicante Province, inland areas including Orihuela reached 39ºC, the highest recorded temperature since August two years ago, while Pego still reached 37.5ºC despite being closer to the coast. Benidorm recorded a high of 34ºC.
Maggie Taylor, from Chichester in Sussex, was on holiday with her husband and two children on the Costa Blanca. “We come every August during the school holidays,” said Mrs Taylor, “but this is the hottest and muggiest we have felt in a while. You can’t sit out in it too long but we’re not complaining. We came to enjoy the sun and the kids love being in the water.”
Top temperatures were recorded in Xativa with 41.5ºC while in Ontinyent it was 41.3ºC, and 40.2ºC in Liria helped to stamp Sunday as the hottest day of the year in Valencia Province, according to Aemet meteorological agency.
Soaring temperatures all but suffocated Bicorp, Turis and Chelva with temperatures of 39, 37.4 and 36.5ºC respectively.
Monday temperatures dipped ever so slightly in Orihuela, still peaking at 36ºC, whereas Villena, Alcoy, Pego, Elda, Elche, Alicante and Benidorm dropped to the low 30s.
Some relief from the high temperatures is due, with a forecast of temperatures dipping to 28ºC in the next few days.