Spring of 2017 has been the warmest in records

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In Spain, in recent times, records are being broken practically in every season of the year. During the spring that we just passed mean values ​​have been higher than usual since 1965, which was when the AEMET began to have unified records for the entire country.

Since that year, Spain has not experienced such a hot spring as in 2017. But we not only have to talk about high temperatures, but also a reduction in rainfall of up to 23%. As a consequence, the summer could be quite difficult in some places, especially where it does not rain at all or at all during that season.

Spring temperatures 2017

Temperature series

Image - AEMET

From March 1 to May 31 the average temperature was 1,7 degrees Celsius higher of the mean taking as a reference period the years 1981-2010); that is, it was 15,4 ° C. This value is 0,06ºC higher than the previous highest value, reached in 2011.

If we talk about areas, the AEMET highlights that it was especially warm in Navarra, Aragon, inland Andalusia, the Basque Country, Castilla y León and La Rioja; warm in the rest of the peninsula and in the Balearic Islands, and between very warm and extremely warm in the Canary Islands.

The highest temperatures were reached in Orense (37,6ºC) on May 24, at Granada airport (37ºC) on May 25, Bilbao (36,4ºC) on May 25, at Lanzarote airport (36,1ºC) on April 17 and in Gran Canaria (34,2ºC) also on April 17.

Spring 2017 rainfall

Precipitation series

Image - AEMET

During last spring 133 liters per square meter fell on average, which represents a 23% reduction. Even so, March had a very humid character with 29% more precipitation, but April was extremely dry as it rained 60% less than usual, and in May it did 23% less. It was only a wet season in the southwest of Andalusia in the southeast of the Valencian Community.

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