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Spain clocks up chilliest May since 1985

This May has been the coldest in Spain since 1985, as the country braces for what some meteorologists are saying could be the chilliest summer in 200 years.

Spain clocks up chilliest May since 1985
Santiago de Compostela is the second rainiest city in Europe after Norway's Bergen. Photo: Moyan Brenn

Spain’s temperatures dropped by 1.2 degrees compared to the average 15.9 for this time of year.

“Whereas in the south of the country temperatures have been normal, in the north of Spain it’s been three degrees colder this month,” meteorologist Alejandro Lomas told national daily ABC.

Even the Pyrenees are still covered in snow, making it possible for ski resorts to remain open later than ever.

Lomas told ABC this was due to the fact that March’s heavy snowfalls had not yet thawed as a result of the drop in temperatures in the mountain range along the French-Spanish border.

Spain’s State Meteorological Agency AEMET has given little importance to France’s Meteo predictions that this would be the coldest summer in Western Europe in 200 years.

“Our web doesn’t show anomalies for the summer, although it’s only a model,” said Lomas, spokesperson for AEMET.

“Spanish summers are unlikely to be cold.”

Lomas forecasts that this weekend’s weather will bring showers to the north of Spain but that overall temperatures will rise slightly.

Keep your umbrellas handy for next week as the meteorologist has predicted there will be stormy weather despite temperatures going up across the mainland.

In related news, local daily El Correo de Galicia has announced that the city of Santiago de Compostela, famous for being the end point of the Christian pilgrimage known as El Camino de Santiago, is the second rainiest city in Europe (1,900 litres per square metre) after Norway’s Bergen.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 

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As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas. 

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