The forecasts were right and the Costa del Sol, especially Malaga city, was hit by extreme heat in the middle part of this week. A dry, warm westerly wind, known as the Terral, swept down the Guadalhorce valley.
On Wednesday it was 38.6 degrees Celsius in the shade at the weather station at Malaga Airport at 5.50pm, according to Spanish Met Office data. On Thursday, Malaga went even higher with 40ºC at the airport at 4.50pm.
Meanwhile in Vélez-Málaga, the official reading was 41.7ºC, the highest temperature in Spain for Thursday.
However other parts of the Costa, sheltered from the inland wind by coastal hills, had remarkably cooler temperatures, with 28ºC in Fuengirola at the same time.
Forecasters said the extreme inland heat in the province would not last and the wind will change to a Levante (easterly) wind on Friday. Saturday morning will be cloudy with some spots of rain possible.