SPAIN sweltered in September with temperatures above average for the month, while rainfall was down an average of 29 per cent for the period.
Official statistics from the Spanish Met Office, AEMET, have revealed that the month ended exceeding the average temperature of the last 40 years and rainfall was irregular and less than normal.
The average for the month was 23C, 2.4C above average for the month across the whole of the country. In some areas in the west of the peninsula it was up to 4ºC above normal.
Large areas of Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, north and west of Castilla-La Mancha, Andalucia and inland areas of Cataluña and Aragon saw some of the mercury hit some highs.
The highest temperatures were recorded in the first few days of September and during the last week of the month.
On September 2 a high of 41C was measured in Córdoba followed by 40.4C in Badajoz on first day of the month while 39.5ºC was registered in Jerez de la Frontera, and 39ºC in Sevilla – both on September 24.
The month was generally dry with an average precipitation of 32 litres, 29% lower than the average. But the distribution of rain was unequal with most falling in the eastern half and south of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
The heaviest rainfall fell on September 5 in Reus (Tarragona) with 76 mm officially recorded although some historic towns like Ronda also suffered from severe flash flooding during localised storms.