21.07.2022, Spanien, Magaluf: Menschen baden in großer Hitze am Strand bei Magaluf. Auf der spanischen Urlaubsinsel sind in diesen Tagen nicht nur der Sand und die Luft sehr heiß, sondern auch das Meereswasser erreicht ungewöhnlich hohe Temperaturen. (zu dpa Hitze auf Mallorca - Meer vor dem «Ballermann» wird zur warmen Brühe) Foto: Clara Margais/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Tourists and locals in Mallorca are currently finding it difficult to cool off: on the Spanish holiday island, not only are the sand and the air very hot these days – the seawater in particular is reaching unusually high temperatures.

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For example, 28.7 degrees were predicted for the Playa de Palma with the “Ballermann” party mile, which is very popular with German visitors – almost four degrees above the long-term average for July (24.8 degrees). It’s been like this for days – the “Mallorca Magazin” (MM) wrote about “bathtub temperature”.

“It feels like broth at times and August, with its traditionally highest water temperatures, is yet to come,” the weekly wrote. The sea water is also significantly warmer as a result of the unusually long and intense heatwave that gripped virtually all of Spain between July 9th and 19th. “This is clearly due to climate change,” meteorologist Bernat Amengual was quoted as saying by the Spanish weather service Aemet in “MM”.

Cooling down in Mallorca is urgently needed: According to Aemet, the mercury column should climb to 33 to 34 degrees at the weekend on “Ballermann”, in the center and north-east of the island even up to 39 degrees. In the capital Madrid it should get up to 40 degrees, in some regions of Andalusia in southern Spain even up to 43 degrees. However, the heat is expected to subside on Tuesday, both in Mallorca and in other parts of the country.

According to Aemet, the heat, combined with a drought that has lasted for months and strong winds, has favored the outbreak and spread of many fires. 2022 is already the most devastating forest fire year for Spain since records began.