New March temperature records set in Alicante and Murcia
At Alicante the maximum last Friday would have made it the eighth warmest day in the whole of 2016!
The extraordinary heatwave which affected south-east Spain over the weekend produced new March temperature records at many locations in the Region of Murcia and the province of Alicante, with the figures recorded being far more typical of high summer than of the end of winter.
At the Aemet observatory in Murcia the Friday maximum of 33.6ºC was the highest in March since records were first kept 32 years ago, while a few kilometres away in Alcantarilla the 33.3ºC reached was the warmest in 78 years. At Alicante-Elche airport the maximum was an astonishing 34.8ºC, the highest ever recorded not only in March but also in April, and indeed in any month between September and May.
In fact, in the whole of last year temperatures of above 34.8 were recorded only seven times at the airport!
Nonetheless, winter returned abruptly on Sunday night and Monday morning as a cold front spread across Spain from the north and north-west, sending temperatures plummeting by around 15 degrees and bringing snow, thunderstorms, rain, hail and high winds.
Image: maximums in Alicante and Valencia on Friday 10th March