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Costa del Sol escapes the heat as temperatures soar up to 47 degrees inland

In Marbella, Fuengirola and Estepona the mercury will remain at around 32, while the Ronda, Antequera and the Guadalhorce valley areas are forecast to exceed day-time highs of 40

FRANCISCO JIMÉNEZ

Spain's national weather agency, Aemet, is predicting that temperatures will soar, as of this Thursday (12 August), across the entire Malaga province in the coming days - with the exception of the western strip of the Costa del Sol.

While in Marbella, Fuengirola or Estepona the maximums will remain around 32 degrees during the rest of the week, inland they will climb above 40 as of Friday and will not begin to ease until Tuesday.

The most extreme temperatures are expected on Monday, when 45 degrees could be exceeded in almost the entire province, and weather experts say the Guadalhorce Valley towns of Pizarra, Coín and Cártama could see the mercury it 46 or 47.

But before that, as of Friday, in the Antequera and the Serranía de Ronda regions the day-time highs are likely to soar above 40 degrees and remain at that level over the weekend. Aemet has activated yellow warnings for both areas, although as the days go by, the alert map could turn amber and even expand to other areas of the Malaga province.

A combination of the first official heatwave of summer and the local terral wind are being blamed for the scorching temperatures – which will also be accompanied by a haze of Saharan dust, carried by the hot air mass from Africa.

Added to this the night-time temperatures are not expected to drop below an uncomfortable 25 degrees.

«Inland it's going to very hot, while on the western Costa del Sol we expect it not to be so bad because we have the relatively cool Alboran Sea,» explains the director of the Malaga Meteorological Centre, José María Sánchez-Laulhé.