Spain hit by record heatwave
2004 06 30
MADRID (AFP) - A year after a heatwave that killed at least 141 people, Spain was again in the grip of sizzling high temperatures.
People cool off in a Valencia fountain. A year after a heatwave that killed at least 141 people, Spain was again in the grip of sizzling high temperatures.(AFP/File/Jose Jordan)
In Madrid, temperatures soared to a 73-year high of 39.3 degrees centigrade (102.74 fahrenheit), according to the national meteorological institute.
Temperatures topped 40 degrees centigrade (104 degrees fahrenheit) in seven provincial capitals -- Cordoba, Badajoz, Seville, Caceres, Toledo, Granada and Ciudad Real. The highest recorded temperature -- 42.3 degrees centigrade (108.14 degrees fahrenheit) was in Cordoba.
The exceptionally heavy use of air conditioning units also produced a record demand for electricity of 36,330 megawatts. The previous high of 34,850 MW was recorded on June 25 last year.
The meteorological office said the heat wave was expected to last until Thursday.
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