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Alicante will suffer this summer at least three heat waves, predicted by the professor of Regional Geographic Analysis of the University of Alicante, Jorge Olcina. On Monday, July 12, the province already suffered an episode of high temperatures, with 43-44 degrees in the surroundings of Elche-Crevillent-Orihuela, while further south they touched 45.

However, and according to Olcina, this cannot be considered a heat wave due to its short duration, but more like “a peak”. And it is that “this year, instead of lasting ‘waves’, we will have heat peaks of two or three days at most”. “From Wednesday 21 we will have another”, concrete.

It’s about a “process is genuinely Valencian “Olcina clarifies, because “the highest temperatures are registered when they are accompanied by Westerosi winds.”

The professor says that “Sea water is the key that explains the changes we are having in the Valencian climate, the reason for the tropical nights that we have been suffering. “This does not happen in the interior of the peninsula, where it cools at night. Here we have a longer heat, which lasts many more hours, day and night.

Clarifications to these phenomena are explained in Climates and Times of the Valencian Country, a volume by Jorge Olcina and Enrique Moltó which belongs to the L’Ordit scientific dissemination collection, published by Publicaciones de la Universidad de Alicante.

Warming of the Mediterranean Sea.

For Olcina, in the Community “We can speak of a ‘mediterranization’ of climate change.” “All of this is centered on the warming of the Mediterranean Sea, which is warming twice what the air temperature has. Since 1980 the water has warmed 1.4 degrees, while the air has warmed 0.7 “.

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What are the effects of this? Well what “the effects are increasingly evident in summer of climate change in our area “.

“The warming of the sea, the extension of the summer season, which starts already in June and runs until September-October, and the phenomenon of tropical nights. Every time they are happening with more intensity, “he said.

At the moment the Valencian Community has started the week with clear skies and unchanged temperatures, Except for a lowering of the highs in the interior, and variable light wind, tending to the south and south-east weak, with moderate intervals on the coast.
According to the forecast of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), clear skies are expected on Tuesday, although in the northern interior of Castellón there will be storms that may be locally strong in the afternoon. The next “heat spike” could take place as of Wednesday, according to Olcina’s forecasts.

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