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On Friday, August 11, Gran Canaria, more specifically Maspalomas, registered the second-highest temperature in Spain at 45.1°C.
The only other places in Spain that surpassed the temperature in Maspalomas were Carrión de los Céspedes (Seville) and Montoro (Huelva), where the thermometer reached 45.2, so not a big difference from Gran Canaria.
Almost thirty towns in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and Fuerteventura registered temperatures over 40ºC this past Friday. The maximum temperatures were recorded at the Maspalomas Tourism Center at 45.1 °C, a record in more than 20 years, Tasarte in La Aldea at 44.8ºC, Agüimes at 44ºC, Lomo Pedro Alfonso in San Bartolomé Tirajana with 43.8°C, Tijarafe 42, 5ºC, Lomo del Balo (San Sebastián), Puntagorda 41.7ºC, Tejeda 41.5ºC, San Bartolome las Tirajanas 41.3ºC, Agaete 41.2ºC.
Gran Canaria is the island where the heat wave impacting the archipelago is hitting the hardest, as in Lomo Pedro Alfonso (San Bartolomé de Tirajana), where the lowest temperature of the day was still over 35°C, more exactly 35.6°C at 7:30 in the morning.
We remind you that the Government of the Canary Islands maintains the maximum alert for the risk of forest fires due to the current high temperatures.
All the Canary Islands, with the exception of El Hierro, will remain under red alert this Saturday for high temperatures, while El Hierro is under orange alert.
The maximum will exceed 36 to 38ºC in large areas of the archipelago, and 40ºC in the south of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, in the middle of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma.
According to Aemet, the heatwave should last until the following Tuesday.