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Extreme heat over the next few days (30/07/2020)

| Today a heat wave episode officially begins in Spain that will last until Saturday | Some regions of the Murcia Region are already in yellow warning today due to high temperatures of up to 38 ºC (in the Northwest, Altiplano and Valle del Guadalentín, Lorca and Águilas), but it will be tomorrow when the heat situation increases.Tomorrow, Friday, the orange warning will be activated in our region in the Northwest, Altiplano and Vega del Segura, where it can already reach 40 ºC.

In the Guadalentín Valley, Lorca and Águilas the warning will be yellow with highs of around 39 ºC.But the hottest day will be Saturday, when temperatures will rise further.

This day the notice will be orange throughout the Region of Murcia, except in the Campo de Cartagena and Mazarrón.

Maximum temperatures may reach 41 ºC.

This day 40ºC will be reached or exceeded in many points of the Guadalentín Valley, the Mula Basin, low areas of the Altiplano, fertile plains of the Northwest rivers and the entire Vega del Segura from Calasparra to Beniel.On Sunday we will notice some thermal relief, but the thermometers will continue to register very high values, although already below 40 ºC.

On Monday the temperatures will be similar and on Tuesday they will drop clearly, ending this episode of strong heat.But not only will we be hot during the day, also the next nights will be very hot and it will be difficult to fall asleep.The coastal strip will be left out of this situation, with maximums that, in general, will not exceed 35 ºC, but the sensation of embarrassment will be pronounced.Given the atmospheric situation of strong heat and environmental dryness, the risk of fire will be extreme in the coming days.

In addition, another factor must be added: the risk of storms.

During Friday and Saturday afternoons storms can occur, generally with little precipitation.

Lightning strikes, zero or little precipitation and possible strong gusts of wind during storms can create dangerous conditions for fires.

Hot blowouts with sudden temperature rises, rapid humidity drop, strong gusting winds and changing directions, and sharp reduction in visibility due to dust may be possible.Civil Protection asks the population to firmly follow the recommendations in these situations of strong heat and requests citizen cooperation in case of observing fire or smoke by calling 112.NOTE: the notices are subject to change, so we recommend following possible updates to this situation in the comments of this publication.NOTE: the heat wave thresholds in the Murcia Region will be met on Friday and Saturday, but today they have not been met and Sunday is not clear, so it will be necessary to wait until Sunday afternoon to find out if this episode in the Murcia region can be classified as a heat wave (the thresholds must be met for at least three days in a row).

Source: Protección Civil Totana

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