Wed, 28 Sep 2022

MADRID, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Some areas of the Mediterranean Sea have reached temperatures of over 30 degrees centigrade due to the ongoing heatwave in Southern Europe, the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) confirmed on Friday.

The waters off the south and east coast of Spain are currently between 2.5 and 4 degrees centigrade warmer than the average for this time of year, while some areas off the Italian coast are up to five degrees above the norm, AEMET has said.

Spain is currently experiencing its third major heatwave of the year. As well as temperatures between three and six degrees above the norm, a lack of wind also means that the heated surface water is not mixing with colder water at the bottom of the sea, and is therefore heating up even further.

Water temperatures of 29 degrees off the coast of the region of Murcia, and 28 degrees off Almeria (both in south-eastern Spain), have been measured in recent days.

"If things continue like this, we will be talking about a Mediterranean Sea which is getting more tropical all of the time," the geographer Samuel Biener commented on Spanish national radio network RNE.

Temperatures are not just rising in the Mediterranean, they are also increasing on the Atlantic coast of Spain, with the water off the province of Huelva currently two degrees warmer than at the same time last year. Meanwhile, waters off the north coast have been measured at 24.5 degrees, which is close to the record of 25 degrees recorded in 2006.

The effects of rising sea temperatures include increased humidity, and an increased quantity of algae and jellyfish in the water.

There is also a worry that warmer sea water will lead to destructive storms at the end of the summer when the arrival of colder air from the north, together with a hot sea, creates a phenomenon known as 'cold drop'. This can lead to highly destructive rainfall of over 150 liters per square meter, and storms of this nature are becoming more common along the east and southeast coast of Spain. MADRID, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Some areas of the Mediterranean Sea have reached temperatures of over 30 degrees centigrade due to the ongoing hot summer, the Spanish Meteorological Agency, (AEMET) confirmed on Friday.

The waters off the south and east coasts of Spain are currently between 2.5 and 4 degrees centigrade above the average for the time of year, while some areas off the Italian coast are up to five degrees above the norm, informs AEMET.

Spain is currently suffering its third major heatwave of the year, but aside from temperatures between 3 and 6 degrees above the norm, a lack of wind also means that the heated surface water is not mixing with colder water at the bottom of the sea and is getting hotter and hotter.

Water temperatures of 29 degrees off the coast of the region of Murcia and 28 degrees off Almeria (both south-east Spain) have been measured in recent days.

"If things continue like this, we will be talking about a Mediterranean Sea which is getting more tropical all of the time," the geographer, Samuel Biener commented on Spanish national radio network, RNE.

Temperatures are not just rising in the Mediterranean, they are also increasing on the Atlantic coast of Spain, with the water off the province of Huelva, two degrees warmer than at the same time last year, while waters off the north-coast have been measured at 24.5 degrees, which is close to the record of 25 degrees measured in 2006.

Among the effects of the rising sea temperatures is an increased humidity and an increase of quantity of algae and jellyfish in the water.

There is also a worry that the hotter sea water will lead to destructive storms at the end of the summer when the arrival of colder air from the north, together with the warm sea, creates a phenomenon known as a DANA or 'cold drop'. This can lead to very destructive rainfall of over 150 liters per square meter and storms of this nature are becoming more common along the east and south-east coast of Spain.

(this note is reviewed by Meng Dingbo, tel +34-666717359)

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