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Costa del Sol placed on amber warning as temperatures rise above 39 degrees

Relief from the heat at La Misericordia water park.
Relief from the heat at La Misericordia water park. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ
  • Temperatures on Friday could beat Malaga's August record of 44 degrees, documented in 1953

The Spanish weather agency Aemet has placed Malaga, the Costa del Sol and Valle del Guadalhorce areas on amber warning, as today's temperatures (Friday) look to rise above 39ºC.

After thermometers hit more than 40 degrees on Wednesday, residents and visitors along the Costa del Sol enjoyed a little relief on Thursday, with its predicted highs of around 34 degrees. The heat is not due to be so kind today, however, and meteorologists are following the relentless hot weather with an eagle eye, as a new record in the capital could be set; Malaga's highest temperature recorded in the month of August was 44 degrees on 9 August, 1953.

Wednesday's sweltering temperatures were this summer's fiercest taste so far of the Terral, the warm wind that picks up heat as it travels overland. Temperatures of 40 degrees were recorded at both the airport and Aemet's headquarters, breaking this summer's previous record of 39.1 degrees on 15 July. The heat was less intense in the east of Malaga.

The high temperatures on Wednesday led Malaga town hall to partially activate the municipal emergency plan from 12 noon to 10pm.

The most serious incident caused by the heat was a forest fire which started in the area of Lomas de San Antón. Firefighters were able to bring the flames under control within a few hours.