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Spanish city on brink of becoming desert as temperatures soar to 30C already

One of the most important cities in Spain is already facing scorching temperatures, weeks before the official beginning of summer.

People in Seville, the largest city in the southern region of Andalusia, baked under a 30C heat on Wednesday – and have been told to prepare for even more blistering conditions in days to come.

The Spanish weather forecasters believe temperatures in the southern region will continue to rise over the next few days, with Meteored saying: “Saturday will be sunny and warm.

“It will be a day marked by atmospheric stability, with a general and marked rise in temperatures.

“In the interior of Andalusia, maximum temperatures will be close to 35C, while the easterly wind will reach strong gusts in the Strait of Gibraltar.” 

There will be no respite from the heat on Sunday, set to be the hottest day of the week.

The forecaster said: “The sun will continue to shine in most of the country, at most with the presence of some high clouds in the skies.

“Temperatures will continue to rise, reaching a maximum of 35C in places such as Cordoba and Seville and close to that in many other inland areas of the southern half of the peninsula.” 

National weather agency Aemet has shared similar forecasts, expecting maximum temperatures to reach 35C and 36C in the two Andalusian provinces.

Being in the foothills of nearby mountains, the city regularly experiences scorching heat and is hit by hot air blowing from North Africa. 

This blistering weather could indicate Seville is set to experience a similarly hot summer as in 2023, when temperatures went beyond 40C multiple times.

The heat experienced in the city last year prompted a weather expert to express fears the beautiful city was “turning into a desert”.

Previously speaking to, Jim Dale, Senior Meteorological Consultant at British Weather Services said: “What’s causing the hot weather is when the wind comes in from Africa, across the mountains and into the plains.

“In terms of location, the whole stretch of area, including Seville has all the reasons and rhymes for baking hot weather.”

As Spain and Mediterranean Europe have seen a rising number of heatwaves in recent years, the weather expert believes we are “walking into unknown territory” when it comes to the future of the city. He added: “You’ll find the temperatures increasing as the summers go on, and essentially, the city is turning into a desert.”

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