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All-Time May Heat Record for Europe Falls For the 2nd Time This Month

By: Jeff Masters 1:01 PM GMT on May 14, 2015

An extreme May heat wave unprecedented in European recorded history has invaded Spain and Portugal, bringing the hottest May temperatures ever recorded on the continent. According to the Spanish meteorological agency, AEMET, at least four stations in the Valencian Community of eastern Spain hit temperatures today in excess of the previous European May heat record set just eight days ago--a 41.9°C (107.4°F) reading at Catenanuova, Sicily (Italy) on May 6. Today's European record-breaking May temperatures in Spain included:

Carcaixent AEMET: 44.4°C (111.9°F)
Xativa: 42.7°C (108.9°F)
Algemesi: 42.6°C (108.7°F)
Valencia: 42.6°C (108.7°F)

Many stations in Spain's Valencian community went above their June records, and were near their all-time records for any month. The record set at Valencia Airport today was 6.6°C (11.9°F) above the previous highest May temperature, was 4.4°C (7.9°F) higher than the record for June, and was the 3rd hottest temperature since records began in 1869 for any month! This week's heat wave began yesterday, when hot air from North Africa flowed northwards over Spain and Portugal, setting all-time May heat records at Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Ciudad Real, Granada, and many other cities. Portugal beat its all-time May heat record with a 40.0°C (104.0°F) reading at Beja EMA (old record: 39.5°C, 103.1°F, at Regua on May 28, 2001.) The most remarkable record yesterday, however, was from the Canary Islands to the southwest of Spain, where Lanzarote Airport hit 42.6°C (108.7°F), breaking its old record for the entire month of May by 6°C (10.8°F)! The old record was 36.6 °C (97.9°F) on May 24, 1986.


Figure 1. Predicted high temperatures for Thursday, May 14, 2015 for Spain from AEMET. Temperatures of 42.0°C are hotter than any May readings on record for Spain.

According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, Europe also had its earliest 40°C temperature ever recorded this month--a 40.4°C (104.7°F) reading at San Priamo in southeastern Sardinia on May 5. Prior to 2015, the previous all-time hottest May temperature recorded in Europe was 41.7°C (107.1°F), on May 17, 2006 in Andujar, Spain. What's really remarkable about the two European all-time May heat records set this month is that they have occurred in the first half of the month. We would expect all-time monthly heat records to fall near the end of the month, as summer's heat begins to really ramp up. Note that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) does not maintain official monthly all-time extreme temperature records for the continents, so the records quoted here are from Maximiliano Herrera.

Thanks go to Maximiliano Herrera and Michael Theusner for the temperature records provided in this post.

Jeff Masters

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Portugal -

Forest fires increase five-fold

Up until 5 May the National Civil Protection Authority had taken count of 4,320 forest fires, whereas last year just 846 fires had occurred during that same time frame.


According to the ANPC the majority of fires have been small due to the swift intervention of fire-fighters.


Up until now, this year only two fires spread beyond 500 hectares.


Link
Valencia , Spain, is under an extreme high temperature warning for today, with the official high expected to reach 44C / 111F.

It seems FL isn't the only place experiencing lots of extreme heat lately.
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Thanks Jeff...
Tallahassee hit 95 for 4 consecutive days for the first time ever this early in May.
My daughter is trying to study for finals this semester in her seventh floor apartment without AC in Granada. She understands the concept of siesta now. She grew up in the desert but never had to try to sleep in the heat.
Thanks dok...so hot there. Sending Europe cool weather.

Look what's coming for Saturday. Everyone stay safe,prepared, and keep an eye on the severe weather ahead.
Quoting 3. Neapolitan:

Valencia , Spain, is under an extreme high temperature warning for today, with the official high expected to reach 44C / 111F.




Current temps in Spain. Source for updates.

This one I've saved yesterday (a little later in the day), but the official readings were even higher as is stated in the blog entry (thanks for that!).
Quoting 8. TRUWXWatcher:

My daughter is trying to study for finals this semester in her seventh floor apartment without AC in Granada. She understands the concept of siesta now. She grew up in the desert but never had to try to sleep in the heat.
The folks in Spain are forecast to cool off starting tomorrow....Madrid is forecast to have a high temp of 73 degrees on Friday..
CPC released the May update of the state of ENSO that says 90% of El Nino to continue thru Summer and greater than 80% for the rest of 2015.Go to my ENSO Blog and read it.
Quoting 4. StormTrackerScott:

It seems FL isn't the only place experiencing lots of extreme heat lately.


Extreme heat in FL ? You mean a warmer April ? It was not extreme heat.
Wish some of that Spanish heat would make it north ... its a balmy 11 c( 52 f) here !
10 day forecast for Albacete Air Base, Spain....Link
Quoting 15. VR46L:

Wish some of that Spanish heat would make it north ... its a balmy 11 c( 52 f) here !
I had 49 degrees this morning...I like it....especially in Mid May...Greetings...:)
Quoting 12. hydrus:

The folks in Spain are forecast to cool off starting tomorrow....Madrid is forecast to have a high temp of 73 degrees on Friday..

Cut-off low "Carlo", currently west of Brittany, is about to bring relief but could cause severe weather for northern Italy and the Balkans though.




Surface map from last midnight.


Surface map for tomorrow.

Current SYNOPSIS from Estofex:
At the southern flank of a Scandinavian long-wave trough, an intense short-wave trough rapidly races across eastern Europe. In its wake, a cut-off low south of the UK will move south-east, crossing France during the period. Both troughs are associated with strong DCVA given the strong flow. A weak ridge will spread across France between both troughs.
At lower level, a sharp cold front extends from north-west Spain to southern France, the Alps, into the northern Balkans. Steep lapse rates south of this cold front overlap with rich low-level moisture that is situated south of the Alps, and also across the northern Balkans. Diurnal heating is most likely south of the Alps and parts of the Balkans, and CAPE can reach about 1000 J/kg according to latest GFS.
Currently, storms are going on across the northern Balkans and parts of the Alpine region. More storms forming during the period will pose a threat of severe weather due to the strong vertical wind shear.
Quoting 14. MahFL:



Extreme heat in FL ? You mean a warmer April ? It was not extreme heat.


Upper 90's in S FL isn't extreme and 4 plus days of 95 or greater in Tallahassee?
Quoting 17. hydrus:

I had 49 degrees this morning...I like it....especially in Mid May.


I just want a week or two of 70 F.......... thats not asking too much ?
18. barbamz
1:40 PM GMT on May 14, 2015


Quoting 12. hydrus:

The folks in Spain are forecast to cool off starting tomorrow....Madrid is forecast to have a high temp of 73 degrees on Friday..


Low "Carlo" is about to bring relief, creating a cut-off low which should cause severe weather for northern Italy and the Balkans though.

Real good thing that CAPE values are only a 1000, otherwise they would be looking at a significant severe weather outbreak including some strong tornadoes.
Well, we've now had reports on April heat records from the US and Europe on the blog. But, it's the global April temperature which I'm awaiting with bated breath. I'm expecting it to be a 'doozie', what with the El Nino, solar maximum (admittedly, a pretty weak maximum, though), and near record low Arctic Ocean ice. I don't know what the Siberian snow cover is like this spring, though. That's a big player.

The first three months of 2015 have been the warmest on record, globally. Ground based figures from NASA are usually posted around the middle of the month, so maybe we'll know on Monday.
Thank You Dr. Whether it comes to heat records or cold snap records, they are usually the result of a persistent high pressure ridge (whether in the fall/winter or spring/summer) and as records start to fall, at some point, we have to take a close look at what the polar jet is doing (and will be doing in the coming decades) in the Northern Hemisphere in either event.
Quoting 20. VR46L:



I just want a week or two of 70 F.......... thats not asking too much ?
Something tells me you will see 70,s before to long.....Climatological data tells so...Nothing wrong with asking or wanting nice weather.
Quoting 4. StormTrackerScott:

It seems FL isn't the only place experiencing lots of extreme heat lately.
Florida is not the center of the universe Scott :).
Very nice out with mornings temps in the 50s and afternoon temps only expected to get up into the 70s.
Dusk starting over the Guam area; here the the latest RAMBB shots for Dolphin; lots on anticipation for those folks over the next 24 hours as to the exact track and any wobbles:



Thanks Dr. Masters,
Nice to read on WU about the weather outside my window today.

Here I have watched more than half the fields in the valley turn brown over the last 3 days.
Chances are that the sunflowers will be lucky to reach the height of the average daisy.
The next rain will probably be in September at the earliest!
The sky overhead is light blue and changing to silver grey on every horizon with the "Calimar" of Saharan dust.

44/C forecast for the Valencia region today, here its probably going to be about 40/C.

Next its going to be the fires and forest fires with any winds that come along after the end of the month.

Weeds from winter are at about 6 foot high in most areas now and of course they are drying very quickly.
I'll keep an eye on the situation and take some photos.
Here is map of Guam, Rota just to the North, and the Mariannas Island chain:

Quoting 25. washingtonian115:

Florida is not the center of the universe Scott :).
A profound statement..Can you prove that Florida isnt the center of the Universe.?....Mornin Wash...:)
Quoting 30. Patrap:


Actually.....it is nice to see that there is no sign of rapid intensification.....just maintaining........so far.....
Quoting 7. StormTrackerScott:

Tallahassee hit 95 for 4 consecutive days for the first time ever this early in May.



402.36 ppm CO2 does dat.

Your catching on for a novice seems.

: )
30. Patrap
10:07 AM EDT on May 14, 2015


That loop clearly shows a wobble to the West towards Guam; now we have to see whether the ridging will build back in and steer the storm back to the NW.................Big difference between a direct eyewall or NE quadrant hit as opposed to a pass North of Guam with tropical storm force winds.
Quoting 34. weathermanwannabe:

30. Patrap
10:07 AM EDT on May 14, 2015


That loop clearly shows a wobble to the West towards Guam; now we have to see whether the ridging will build back in and steer the storm back to the NW.................Big difference between a direct eyewall or NE quadrant hit as opposed to pass North of Guam with tropical storm force winds.
A center that small in such a large circulation will wobble frequently. Cycloid variations will definitely have an impact where forecasting is concerned.
Quoting 31. hydrus:

A profound statement..Can you prove that Florida isnt the center of the Universe.?....Mornin Wash...:)
Morning Hydrus :).A cool crisp morning we're having here that's more reminiscent of early April and not mid-May.Sun is out with clear blue skies.Tomorrow's the day the family is going to Hershey park.Upper 70's and low humidity is the perfect weather for such a event.
Storms never track a straight line as they mostly wobble along a mean track. Thats why we track storms in 3 Hour Synoptic cycles.
.

Quoting 19. StormTrackerScott:



Upper 90's in S FL isn't extreme and 4 plus days of 95 or greater in Tallahassee?


102 is extreme. Everything else is normal. Don't exaggerate.
Rota to the North of Guam is a US territory with a small population (small island of about 3000); given that status, the hope is that the US (and particularly the Navy and Air Force) is getting ready to help with evacuation and post-storm relief should that Island take a direct hit (from Wiki):


Rota (Chamorro: Luta) also known as the "Peaceful Island", is the southernmost island of the United StatesCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the second southernmost of the Marianas Archipelago. It lies approximately 40 nautical miles (74 km) north-northeast of the United States territory of Guam. Sinapalo village is the largest and most populated followed by Songsong village (Songsong).
Quoting 33. Patrap:




402.36 ppm CO2 does dat.

Your catching on for a novice seems.

: )
Yep....Co2 blankets things quite efficiently along with other influences....I no longer trying to understand those who do not want to do anything about it.

Guam Severe Watches & WarningsNOAA Weather RadioFlash Flood WatchStatement as of 4:17 PM GMT on May 14, 2015

... Flash Flood Watch now in effect from midnight tonight through
late Saturday night...

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* the islands of Guam... Rota... Saipan and Tinian.

* From midnight tonight through late Saturday night

* typhoon Dolphin can bring torrential rain to the Mariana
islands... 8 to 12 inches are possible.

* Roads in poor drainage areas could become impassable. Houses
in low-lying areas and close to streams and rivers could start
taking on water.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

Séisme ressenti à l’instant en Martinique !!
2 km Storm Relative IR Imagery with BD Enhancement Curve
Guam is also a US territory so the same would apply as for US assistance as needed:

Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. It is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government.[4][5] Guam is listed as one of seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories by the Special Committee on Decolonization of the United Nations.[6] The island's capital is Hag (formerly rendered Agana). Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands.
Quoting 41. weathermanwannabe:

Rota to the North of Guam is a US territory with a small population (small island of about 3000); given that status, the hope is that the US (and particularly the Navy and Air Force) is getting ready to help with evacuation


They do not evacuate, there is no where to go to. They have public typhoon shelters. Besides the winds are only forecast to be 125 mph on Rota. The islands there are very used to typhoons.
Having been to Guam as a Marine, they have a great Typhoon Emergency System.


Marine Corps Activity - Guam
Quoting 40. MahFL:



102 is extreme. Everything else is normal. Don't exaggerate.


Normal? Maybe you missed Doc's blog a couple of days ago. FL had its warmest April on record is normal?
Quoting 46. weathermanwannabe:

Guam is also a US territory so the same would apply as for US assistance as needed:

Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. It is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government.[4][5] Guam is listed as one of seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories by the Special Committee on Decolonization of the United Nations.[6] The island's capital is Hag (formerly rendered Agana). Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands.


My brother lives on Guam, and has his 55' catamaran in the Harbor of Safe Refuge, a safer place for storm protection.
Spoke with him night before last.
I have lived there several times, and was there just after Pamela-- no electricity for months.

One go used to warm beer.
Quoting 48. Guysgal:

Link
Although they ( Glaciers ) cover only 0.1% of the surface area of the oceans, they serve as graveyards for 18 million tonnes of organic carbon annually%u201411% of all the marine carbon buried globally each year.

Yep. And with almost every glacier on the planet melting, co2 levels will likely continue to rise indefinitely.....Good news is that there will be enough time to move beer coolers to higher ground, insuring there safety.
Quoting 51. Patrap:

Having been to Guam as a Marine, they have a great Typhoon Emergency System.


Marine Corps Activity - Guam


Great link/Facebook page..............................Made my day. Semper Fi.
Guam building code :

Guam Building Codes:
IBC 2009 (Effective date: Dec. 16, 2009)
Basic Wind Speed 170mph

So a 125 mph storm would not too bad. We are not talking downtown New Orleans here where 80 mph winds blow down badly built ancient old brick walls eg.
Quoting 53. StormTrackerScott:



Normal? Maybe you missed Doc's blog a couple of days ago. FL had its warmest April on record is normal?


Yes but warm is warm, it's not extreme heat. There was no heatwave with 1000's of people dieing. That's what you get with EXTREME heat. You have to chose your words very carefully. Don't exaggerate.
Quoting 56. weathermanwannabe:



Great link/Facebook page..............................Made my day. Semper Fi.


Oooh rah'
Quoting 58. MahFL:



Yes but warm is warm, it's not extreme heat. There was no heatwave with 1000's of people dieing. That's what you get with EXTREME heat. You have to chose your words very carefully. Don't exaggerate.


Your kidding right? SE FL had highs in the upper 90's in late April. I guess writing you back and forth on here is beating a dead horse because if you think this is normal then I don't know what else to say.
Philip Klotzbach @philklotzbach · 2h 2 hours ago

Potential for over 1" of rain in San Diego over the next 2 days. May precip exceeded 1" at SAN once since 1940 (1977)
Will El Nino become a reality this hurricane season? Even with all the increases in the SST in the cental Epac and to a certain extent off the SA coast, I am still not convinced of a moderate El Nino this season. What I am sure of ,there has been a lot of pussy footing about the event, with no one or agency willing to declare it.
Quoting 22. yonzabam:

Well, we've now had reports on April heat records from the US and Europe on the blog. But, it's the global April temperature which I'm awaiting with bated breath. I'm expecting it to be a 'doozie', what with the El Nino, solar maximum (admittedly, a pretty weak maximum, though), and near record low Arctic Ocean ice. I don't know what the Siberian snow cover is like this spring, though. That's a big player.

The first three months of 2015 have been the warmest on record, globally. Ground based figures from NASA are usually posted around the middle of the month, so maybe we'll know on Monday.

The most amazing thing about the whole global warming hoax is how after the scientists all got together back in the 1970s and 1980s and fabricated their bogus theory, they then manipulated the Earth's actual climate so that it would match their theory. That's taking hoaxes to a whole new level, I'd say. I mean, when Orson Welles did his War of the Worlds radio cast, for example, there weren't any actual Martian death machines tearing through New Jersey. He was talking about things that didn't actually exist. But these climate guys not only made up a theory, they then got the real Earth to go along with it. How did they become so powerful?!?
here...let me add this for clarity..........hope it helps...play nice now boys and girls



Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as EXTREME HEAT. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a "dome" of high atmospheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near the ground.
I have been and taken a couple of photos of the heat haze in my area, which I uploaded.
I'll try and paste them in here now.
The sky directly above is pale blue but goes to pinkie red towards the horizon.



Quoting 62. stoormfury:

Will El Nino become a reality this hurricane season? Even with all the increases in the SST in the cental Epac and to a certain extent off the SA coast, I am still not convinced of a moderate El Nino this season. What I am sure of ,there has been a lot of pussy footing about the event, with no one or agency willing to declare it.



we are all ready well into a moderate El Nino we are now heading in too a strong EL nino come summer
Will El Nino become a reality this hurricane season? Even with all the increases in the SST in the cental Epac and to a certain extent off the SA coast, I am still not convinced of a moderate El Nino this season. What I am sure of ,there has been a lot of pussy footing about the event, with no one or agencywilling to declare it.



PSST STORM.....walk with me buddy and let me whisper in your ear.....the austrailian...japanese...and US weather bureaus have all declared an el nino event...along with many lesser agencies
Quoting 44. Bubu77:

Séisme ressenti à l’instant en Martinique !!

4.6, Windward Islands?
Quoting 64. MaineGuy:


The most amazing thing about the whole global warming hoax is how after the scientists all got together back in the 1970s and 1980s and fabricated their bogus theory, they then manipulated the Earth's actual climate so that it would match their theory. That's taking hoaxes to a whole new level, I'd say. I mean, when Orson Welles did his War of the Worlds radio cast, for example, there weren't any actual Martian death machines tearing through New Jersey. He was talking about things that didn't actually exist. But these climate guys not only made up a theory, they then got the real Earth to go along with it. How did they become so powerful?!?

The Dark Side
Quoting 60. StormTrackerScott:



Your kidding right? SE FL had highs in the upper 90's in late April. I guess writing you back and forth on here is beating a dead horse because if you think this is normal then I don't know what else to say.



ok now you too what play nic if you to cant play nic may be its time too ignore one other and move on
we are all ready well into a moderate El Nino we are now heading in too a strong EL nino come summer


you too buddy.......and you know i love you taz...but it would be better to say we've seen some conditions that are moderate...but until the tri-monthly ONI reaches 1.....we're still in a weak el nino...now if you think we'll see a strong el nino come summer...you rock on my friend...i'm just trying to help you be accurate
Quoting 62. stoormfury:

Will El Nino become a reality this hurricane season? Even with all the increases in the SST in the cental Epac and to a certain extent off the SA coast, I am still not convinced of a moderate El Nino this season. What I am sure of ,there has been a lot of pussy footing about the event, with no one or agency willing to declare it.

Wasn't it declared yesterday?
Quoting 25. washingtonian115:

Florida is not the center of the universe Scott :).
REPORTED!



what...you reported her because florida is the center of the universe and what she said was untrue.....i knew i should have never left.....bet they took a vote and won't let me back in now
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
Quoting 74. ricderr:

Quoting 25. washingtonian115:

Florida is not the center of the universe Scott :).
REPORTED!



what...you reported her because florida is the center of the universe and what she said was untrue.....i knew i should have never left.....bet they took a vote and won't let me back in now
Howdy Ric....She said so without establishing a frame of reference...Therefor, I asked for data to support her statement. Florida being the epicenter and all....:)
Quoting 64. MaineGuy:


The most amazing thing about the whole global warming hoax is how after the scientists all got together back in the 1970s and 1980s and fabricated their bogus theory, they then manipulated the Earth's actual climate so that it would match their theory. That's taking hoaxes to a whole new level, I'd say. I mean, when Orson Welles did his War of the Worlds radio cast, for example, there weren't any actual Martian death machines tearing through New Jersey. He was talking about things that didn't actually exist. But these climate guys not only made up a theory, they then got the real Earth to go along with it. How did they become so powerful?!?


I don't read enough of these posts to know if this is a joke or not, it reads like an Onion article. Sorry if it was -- There isn't enough monetary or political gain to be made by scaring people that the future will have challenges related to climate change. Its easier and more profitable to manipulate markets. One would think the world's best scientists could figure that out long before earning meager wages to take withering abuse from corporate media.
Quoting 64. MaineGuy:


The most amazing thing about the whole global warming hoax is how after the scientists all got together back in the 1970s and 1980s and fabricated their bogus theory, they then manipulated the Earth's actual climate so that it would match their theory. That's taking hoaxes to a whole new level, I'd say. I mean, when Orson Welles did his War of the Worlds radio cast, for example, there weren't any actual Martian death machines tearing through New Jersey. He was talking about things that didn't actually exist. But these climate guys not only made up a theory, they then got the real Earth to go along with it. How did they become so powerful?!?
Hoax.?..The globe is warming....There is proof to support this..Its not a theory.
Quoting 78. Snacker2:



I don't read enough of these posts to know if this is a joke or not, it reads like an Onion article. Sorry if it was -- There isn't enough monetary or political gain to be made by scaring people that the future will have challenges related to climate change. Its easier and more profitable to manipulate markets. One would think the world's best scientists could figure that out long before earning meager wages to take withering abuse from corporate media.
Yep...I imagine myself reading history books 50 years from now, looking at the mistakes that could have been avoided. Not to mention the absolute disgust of why some of it happened. I likely wont be here, but the truth will be, and sooner or later God speaks to us all.
Quoting 65. ricderr:

here...let me add this for clarity..........hope it helps...play nice now boys and girls



Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as EXTREME HEAT. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a "dome" of high atmospheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near the ground.

Thanks ricderr.
Quoting 32. hydrus:

Actually.....it is nice to see that there is no sign of rapid intensification.....just maintaining........so far.....


Based on this and the fact that the island should be on the weaker south side of the storm, maybe the island of Guam will see sustained winds around 75-100 mph, which should not cause too many problems with everybody (hopefully) in Typhoon shelters.
Wow, one blog breathlessly on the heels of the other, thanks!
And it looks like that yesterday's European heat record for May just has been smashed once again with a reading of 43C (109,4F) at the airport of Valencia/Spain ...



Quoting 79. hydrus:

Hoax.?..The globe is warming....There is proof to support this..Its not a theory.


I think he was trying to make a funny.
Hydrus, I think 64s sarcasm flag was flying very high.
Quoting 25. washingtonian115:

Florida is not the center of the universe Scott :).
Shouldn't the planet temps start rising with the on coming super duper El Nino?
Quoting 42. hydrus:

Yep....Co2 blankets things quite efficiently along with other influences....I no longer trying to understand those who do not want to do anything about it.
Do anything about what?
The winds in Guam are starting to pick up a bit. Does anybody know of any local webcams that would be helpful in gauging the weather conditions there?
Valencia 42,5 C
and Yesterday Lanzarote 42,4 C (AEMET), not 42,6 C as in synop data
Quoting 89. MichalBogar:

Valencia 42,5 �C
and Yesterday Lanzarote 42,4 �C (AEMET), not 42,6 �C as in synop data

Jeff was still picking up partial temperatures. Some max. has not come yet, like in the case of Caircaixent which was probably around 43.5C (one certified private station nearby recorded 43.7C).
Note also 41.0C in one official AEMET station of Mallorca island, which is also insane for a mid size island surrounded by still cool water in mid May.
It is true that there is still the time 15:00 by the Caircaixent temperature.
Valencia has annual record 43,4 °C (July 6th 1986), so 42,5 °C was very close.
Here is also the list of yesterday's May record, not only Cordoba but also Madrid, Granada, Sevilla and so on ...
http://www.aemet.es/en/serviciosclimaticos/datosc limatologicos/efemerides_extremos?w=2
Yesterday was also remarkable highest temperature in Morocco 45,6 °C (from ogimet.com)
Quoting 85. dabirds:

Hydrus, I think 64s sarcasm flag was flying very high.

We're now two blog posts behind and nobody's ever likely to read this, but just so we're all clear -- I WAS JOKING.
Quoting 93. MaineGuy:


We're now two blog posts behind and nobody's ever likely to read this, but just so we're all clear -- I WAS JOKING.


Maaaaan, I have got to quit reading the comments section. All I do is damage.
Quoting 86. NativeSun:

Shouldn't the planet temps start rising with the on coming super duper El Nino?


January-April 2015 is the record hottest January-April globally, according to data from NASA.
I wonder if it will ever be 110 in Ohio one day.
Unbelievable, after a day of hesitation, there is a News from Spain:

44.4°C à Carcaixent (au sud de Valence) : NOUVEAU RECORD EUROPEEN DE CHALEUR

http://www.meteociel.fr/actu/534/du_jamais_vu__no uveau_record_de_chaleur_en_mai_avec_44dg/
Also 42,9 °C in Xativa :-)