Tropical and equatorial nights

HEATWAVE: Temperatures in the 40s inland Photo 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. 

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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 


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