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Heatwave sees temperature records topple across Spain

Zaragoza weather station registers 44.5ºC, the highest figure there since it opened in 1951

A couple walks past a thermometer on a street in Zaragoza.
A couple walks past a thermometer on a street in Zaragoza.javier cebollada (efe)

Spain’s second heatwave of 2015 is bringing some unbearably hot nights and record highs to many parts of the country.

Weather stations in four provinces – Girona, Granada, Lleida and Zaragoza – have all registered the highest temperatures ever recorded at the spots by the Aemet national meteorological agency.

Girona. On Sunday, the weather station at the Catalan city’s airport reached 41.3ºC, breaking the record of 41.2ºC set in August 2003. The station has been operational since 1973.

Granada. In just two days, the weather station at the Andalusian city’s airport has twice beaten its own temperature record, logging 42.8ºC on Monday, then 43.1ºC on Tuesday. The previous record was set last year. This station has been in operation since 1972.

Lleida. Thermometers at the Catalan city’s weather station also hit 43.1ºC on Tuesday. The previous record was set in 1983, the first year that Aemet set up a measuring station there.

In just two days, the weather station at Granada airport has twice beaten its own temperature record

Zaragoza. The Aragonese capital’s airport station registered a record temperature of 44.5ºC on Tuesday, a full 1.4ºC more than the previous record set in July 2009. This station has been recording temperatures since 1951.

Another 17 weather stations have also registered record-beating temperatures in June and July as a result of the two back-to-back heatwaves.

On June 29, Madrid set new record highs in three stations located in Retiro, Barajas and Torrejón.

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