Tropical and equatorial nights

HEATWAVE: Temperatures in the 40s inlandPhoto credit: Linda Hall

THE Valencian Community has just endured its second bout of hot Saharan air this summer. 

Daytime temperatures were well into the 30s along the coast, reaching more than 40 in inland Alicante and Valencia. 

Nor was there much let-up at night, with temperatures sometimes in the high 20s, revealed Spain’s Meteorological Agency, Aemet, which classes nights when the temperature does not drop below 24C as “tropical.”  Those of 25C or more are officially regarded as “equatorial.” 


And for those who question the validity of climate change or global warming, the Alicante City weather monitoring centre at Ciudad Jardin, recently published a table setting out tropical and equatorial nights that could make up their minds for them. 

1940s: five tropical nights and one equatorial night 

1950s: six tropical nights and two equatorial nights 

1960s: four tropical nights and one equatorial night 

1970s: two tropical nights and no equatorial nights 

1980s: 14 tropical nights and five equatorial nights 

1990s: 24 tropical nights and two tropical nights 

2000s: 65 tropical nights and 12 tropical nights 

2010s: 74 tropical nights and 22 tropical nights 

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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