British tourists and expats have enjoyed the weather in Spain this week as temperatures have hit a record high for December.
The hottest temperatures were discovered in Malaga as they reached nearly 30°C on Tuesday.
A Met Office post stated: “Mainland Spain provisionally recorded its highest temperature on record for December today with Malaga reaching 29.9°C.”
National weather agency AEMET spokesperson Ruben del Campo added: “It’s one of the warmest masses of air to have ever overflown Spain at this point in December.”
Temperatures hit a record high for December
The expert explained the heatwave spread across Spain with temperatures reaching 27°C in Valencia.
This is two degrees higher than the same time last year. Tourists were spotted making the most of the weather as they flocked to the beaches.
Spain has had several heatwaves this year as climate change sees changing temperatures.
While tourists and expats are enjoying the warmer days, Del Campo shared a warning about the changing temperatures.
He explained little rainfall is expected until the end of February which is “not very good” for winter sports.
Tourists hoping for a skiing break could be disappointed and some have already complained about the lack of snow.
Tania, a tourist at Navacerrada ski resort outside Madrid, said: “It’s a terrifying feeling because this should really be covered in snow or frozen over, but instead it’s green and lush for this time of the year.”
If the hot weather continues, officials in the Spanish region of Catalonia said it may need to bring in water on ships.
Malaga saw temperatures over 29°C
The region may have to declare a state of emergency in January, and Barcelona may need to bring water in.
One Spanish resident posted on X: “The delay of winter sports is not the matter. The fact is that we don’t have tap water.”
Another penned: “Spain has been too hot lately.”
The hot temperatures in Malaga come as the area was voted the best place for expats to settle in to.