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Spain Heat Wave: Sizzling Temps Break European Record for May

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By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 03:10 PM

A Spain heat wave is scorching residents with temperatures soaring past 109 degrees Fahrenheit, blasting away the country’s high-temp records and those throughout Europe as well.

The unseasonably high May temperatures started breaking European records set earlier this month, according to Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters. Last week, the European record was set at 107.4 degrees F, recorded on May 7 in Italy, but that record was smashed Thursday when Carcaixent, Spain, recorded a temperature of 111.9 degrees F, followed by Xativa with 108.9 degrees F, and Algemesi and Valencia both with 108.7 degrees F.

News reports are mixed on the officially recorded high temperatures, with some, including U.K.’s MET office, reporting Carcaixent as topping out at 109.2 degrees F.

The high temperatures have resulted in the deaths of three people, The Olive Press reported, one 62-year-old and two people who were both 47.

In Catalonia, farmers said their crops have been damaged by the excessive heat and dry conditions, The Associated Press said. “State broadcaster TVE said some estimates calculated the agricultural losses could exceed 50 million euros ($57 million),” the news agency reported.



Temperatures finally began dropping on Friday.



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