THE last two years were the Valencian Community’s hottest since reliable records were first kept in 1941.
‘Extremely warm’ was the verdict from Spain’s meteorological office, AEMET. Even in Valencia City, whose records go back 150 years, 2014 and 2015 were the hottest years.
By the end of 2015, averages for the region’s three provinces – Alicante, Valencia and Castellon – will be one degree above normal.
Last May’s heat wave caused by a mass of hot air from the Sahara brought with it official temperatures of 45ºC in Antella (Valencia) and 42ºC in Valencia City, 20 degrees more than the May average.
Autumn also brought high temperatures, with 34ºC registered at Alicante airport’s weather station on October 5. November was similarly ‘very warm’, according to AEMET and December’s temperatures have also been above average.
Even the arrival of Arctic air last February, when Ademuz registered 15ºC below freezing, did not bring down the averages, AEMET said.
High as daytime temperatures might be, nights are cooler with a recent -1ºC recorded in inland Pinoso.