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Temperatures are forecast to peak in the mid-30s this week. Even higher temperatures are forecast in some areas, with Spain having warned that 40C heat could scorch.

According to Meteored, temperatures from Wednesday are expected to rise between 5 and 10 degrees more than the May average.

In Spain, the Pyrenees, the Ebro Valley and the east, mercury could rise by up to 15°C above average.

From Thursday, temperatures will peak with extreme heat, reaching 40C in places, according to the meteorologist. Maximum temperatures of 38°C are also expected in Córdoba, as well as 37°C in Zaragoza and 35°C in Bilbao.

Temperatures soar to over 40°C in Spain while Europe is hit by an ‘unusual’ heatwave (Image: NETWEATHER / GETTY)

MetDesk's Brendan Jones said Europe is seeing a

MetDesk’s Brendan Jones said Europe is seeing a “south or south-westerly airflow” bringing heat with it (Image: NETZWEATER)

Predicted temperatures will continue to rise into Saturday when a break from the heat is forecast.

From Thursday, low temperatures are also rising, and a tropical night with lows of 22C or 24C is not out of the question in parts of Andalucia, Extremadura and the Ebro Valley.

Saharan dust will also arrive from the south.

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) warned on Monday of “very unusually high” temperatures in the next few days.

It will be an episode of “extraordinary” heat, very intense and widespread, with extreme levels and unusually warm for spring.

Although it wasn’t the first time 40C weather had arrived early in Spain, it is feared it will be “the worst May heat spell in 20 years”.

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Meteored said as of Wednesday that temperatures are expected to rise 5-10C above average

Meteored said as of Wednesday that temperatures are expected to rise 5-10C above average (Image: WXCHARTS)

Starting Thursday, temperatures will reach extreme heat of up to 40C in some areas

Starting Thursday, temperatures will reach extreme heat of up to 40C in some areas (Image: WXCHARTS)

Rubén del Campo, spokesman for Aemet, said that in terms of average temperatures, temperatures could reach the highest of the last 20 years in the peninsula and Balearic Islands.

Mr del Campo said that over the course of the week there will be “a progressive and almost widespread rise in temperature across the Peninsula and Balearic Islands, taking thermometers to full summer readings in both daytime and nighttime heat”.

He added that from Wednesday and likely into Sunday, “temperatures during the central hours of the day will exceed 34-35C in much of the center and south of the peninsula and the Ebro Valley, which will spread to much of the weekend Ebro Valley will extend peninsular territory, except the north”.

The expert then added that temperatures “are expected to start falling again from next Monday and especially Tuesday, moving towards values ​​more typical of these dates”.

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Temperatures will start to cool off on Monday before returning to average on Tuesday

Temperatures will start to cool off on Monday before returning to average on Tuesday (Image: WXCHARTS)

A man and children cool off at a water fountain amid a heatwave in Seville, August 13, 2021

AEMET said it will be an episode of “extraordinary” heat, very intense and widespread (Image: GETTY)

Brendan Jones, forecast manager at MetDesk, wrote for the Guardian next week that “weather patterns are being rearranged to encourage more southerly or south-westerly airflow across Europe”, with temperatures “rising as a result”.

He said: “Over the coming week, temperatures will continue to rise across much of western Europe as a southerly flow continues, meaning maximum daily temperatures relative to average will be among the highest in the world at the moment.

“Across much of Spain and France, daily highs this week are likely to climb into the mid-30s Celsius, representing anomalies of more than 10C above normal.

“Later this week and into the weekend, parts of Iberia and North Africa look likely to get even hotter, with some forecast models suggesting maximum daily temperatures could exceed 40C in parts of central and southern Spain.

“While not record-breaking at this point, it would still represent temperatures around 10 to 12 degrees above the seasonal norm.

“The heat has already generated thunderstorm activity, some of which has intermittently spilled north into the UK.”

A couple takes a picture of a street thermometer reading 48 degrees Celsius during a heatwave in Cordoba on August 13, 2021

Rubén del Campo said thermometers will reach “full summer readings” in Spain this week (Image: GETTY)

Jo Farrow said:

Jo Farrow said: “A cold front will affect temperatures and break away from the warm, wet forage.” (Image: WXCHARTS)

Meanwhile, Netweather.tv forecaster Jo Farrow wrote for the agency’s website: “For France, the continued warmth makes it very likely that this month of May will be its hottest on record”.

She also noted that the UK will see warmer temperatures throughout the week but added: “(Tuesday) looks to be the peak for the UK this week, although Wednesday is still warm.

“Rain from the west, a cold front, is affecting temperatures and breaking away from the warm, damp diet, but it’s starting up again tomorrow.

“In continued southern influx and sun, parts of the UK will once again have warmth and temperatures in the high teens and low 20s.

“The southerly breezes will pick up through Ireland so the impact could result in some higher temperatures in the north on Wednesday

“During Wednesday night, a plume of very warm, humid air is expected to push north and clip south-east England, highlighting the risk of thunderstorms.

“After that, the air isn’t that warm for the rest of this week, although any sunshine still brings local warmth.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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