The abnormally warm episode that began last weekend and that will last for at least 15 days has led the thermometers to mark the first records of the year above 35 degrees in mainland Spain.

The first 35 degrees of the year arrived last Sunday, April 17, in the final stretch of Holy Week, when the thermometers marked 35.3 degrees in Pájara (island of Fuerteventura) and 35.1 in La Aldea de San Nicolás (Great Canaria), according to data from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).

This Tuesday was the first day that figure was exceeded in mainland Spain, since El Granado (Huelva) reached 35.1 degrees at 5:00 p.m. Canarias once again surpassed that barrier, with the same value in La Aldea de San Nicolás.

The explanation for these high temperatures lies in a subtropical air mass settled in much of Spain and that will last for at least two weeks.

In fact, the maximum temperatures this Tuesday were between 5 and 10 degrees above normal for this time of year in much of the Canary Islands and the entire peninsula except the Cantabrian coast and the Mediterranean provinces and nearby areas, in the latter case. due to the influence of breezes.

In addition, they were between 10 and 15 degrees higher than usual in points of the North Plateau and in the middle of the Canary Islands. All this with a rise in temperatures in the Canary archipelago and the northern half of the peninsula except Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria.

On Thursday, cloudiness is likely to increase on the Peninsula, with evolution clouds in mountainous areas of the center and north, where scattered and occasional stormy showers could appear that could spread to surrounding areas.

In addition, on Thursday there could be dust in suspension in the interior of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands, which will worsen air quality.

Temperatures will drop a bit, especially in the extreme north, but will continue to be high for the season, especially in the west of the peninsula. The thermometers will reflect at least 30 degrees in the Ebro valley, the central area of ​​Castilla y León, the center of the peninsula and the peninsular southwest quadrant, especially the Guadalquivir, Guadiana and Tajo valleys, where maximum values ​​of 32 to 34 degrees.

Between Friday and Sunday of this week, clouds of daytime evolution will form again in the interior of the peninsula in a more generalized way than in previous days, with probable showers in the North Plateau and mountainous areas, which could be accompanied by a storm.

Temperatures will drop in areas with downpours, but will remain high for the season. On Friday and Saturday they are likely to rise and exceed 30 degrees in large parts of the interior, and even more than 34 in the Guadalquivir, Guadiana and Tagus valleys.

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