That it has been hot this winter in Spain is not a surprise. Today, the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has put figures to a winter that qualifies as "anomalous", especially because the maximum daytime mean temperature has been the highest since there are records (1965), standing two degrees above. But, at the same time, nighttime minimums have been about half a degree below average. Which implies that it has been a station with great thermal amplitude between maximum and minimum values.
The lack of rain and snow and the average temperatures (between days and nights) 0.8 degrees higher than normal, have turned this winter into the second driest of the 21st century and the fifth since there are records. As well it has been the third warmest, according to the spokesperson of the AEMET, Ruben del Campo, if the balance between daytime and nighttime temperatures is taken into account. The agency has highlighted the episode that took place the second week of February, in which "many temperature records" were recorded, as, for example, the case of Zaragoza with 25.5 degrees, which exceeds in three the previous record.
The hours of sun have also increased. In the Port of Navacerrada (Madrid), for example, 64% more sun than normal has been recorded. All these factors have resulted in a winter in which "it has not rained even half of what is usual, virtually throughout Spain." Only January is saved, with some rainfall around 14% less than what is common in that month. In December, however, they did not even reach the third part. In fact, average values of 98 liters per square meter have been recorded, that is, 51% below the average. The mantle of snow has suffered the same fate and does not reach even half of the average of the last five years.
With all these data, the Aemet predicts that the spring will be warmer and less rainy than usual. In particular, the probability that spring is cold is 20%. Spring begins this Wednesday at 22.58, Peninsular time.
The dry and warm winter has increased the hectares burned in March, which are equivalent to June levels. In particular, 203 outbreaks have been registered in this period, up to 20 times more than the average of the period, which is 10.