Majorca Daily Bulletin

News | Balearics

Storms as heatwave eases

| Palma |

Inca yesterday afternoon.

06-08-2018

Thunderstorms and heavy rain came along yesterday, although the high temperatures are likely to remain. The rain was particularly heavy in central parts of the island. There was hail as well. In Binissalem, the temperature plunged eleven degrees in no time. Up to 40 litres per square metre fell in the space of an hour.

The heatwave that has affected Majorca and most of Spain in the past few days was caused by a mass of air moving in from Africa, a common enough phenomenon.

On Sunday, there were the highest temperatures of the summer so far. At the weather station at the University of the Balearic Islands, the maximum was 39C, the highest anywhere in Majorca. In Binissalem and Es Capdella (Calvia), 38.1C was registered.

The forecast for the island is varying according to region. In the north, highs of 36C are expected today. A dip is due on Friday, but the temperature is anticipated to be back up in the upper 30s by Sunday.

The heat in Majorca has not been on a par with parts of the Iberian peninsula, and the impact on people's health has not been as severe. No one has died as a result of heat stroke. A woman was admitted to Son Llatzer Hospital on Sunday, and the 061 emergency health service has been kept busy because of people fainting with the heat, but no fatalities have been reported.

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