The Costa del Sol suffered its highest temperatures this year on Sunday when thermometers went above 40 degrees Celsius in most areas. The highest reading at an official weather station was in Vélez-Málaga with 45.7º, while the Malaga Airport station gave a reading of 43º for much of the day.
While the heatwave had affected most of Spain since Thursday, Malaga province was worst hit on Saturday and Sunday, with the warm Terral wind causing temperatures to rise. The weather agency Aemet raised its warning to red over the weekend.
On Monday the severe weather warning had gone down to yellow, with highs forecast of 37ºC, while cooler highs in the low thirties were forecast for Tuesday, when there could be some rain.
Aemet has not ruled out a new heatwave hitting Spain towards the end of the week.
Thousands rushed to the coast on Sunday to escape the heat, with more than 20 beaches on the Costa del Sol starting to turn bathers away, having reached their total capacity according to Covid-19 precaution rules.