A new record high temperature was set in Spain on Thursday—46.9ºC—at the Córdoba airport measuring station in Andalusia, according to the Spanish Met Office AEMET.
Including Córdoba airport, which broke the national temperature record, ten regional markers, mostly in the south or west of Spain, blasted through their previous records.
Teruel, in the north-eastern region of Aragón, registered 40.2ºC (104.4ºF) and the Spanish capital Madrid saw a new high of 40.3ºC (104.54ºF).
The other eight record measurements, in Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura, were all over 42ºC (107.6ºF).
In Andalusia, Jaén smashed through its previous high by 2.8ºC and Granada airport did so by 2.7ºC.
In nine cases, the previous hottest temperatures in each region were recorded in the mid-1990s. In Granada, the previous hottest temperature was recorded in 2001.
Measurements on the secondary network of weather stations have previously shown even higher temperatures: 47.2ºC (117.0ºF) was recorded in the south-eastern city of Murcia in 1994.
In the 19th Century there is record of 49.8ºC (121.6ºF) on July 11, 1873 in Seville.
Road Worker Dies Of Heatstroke In Andalusia
The regional health minister in Andalusia, Marina Álvarez, confirmed a 54-year old worker had died while laying asphalt on the A-406 road in the town of Morón de la Frontera (Seville), due to heatstroke.
She suggested the company employing the man might be investigated to see if it was following health and safety regulations.
During the first heatwave of the summer of 2017, in June, two people died of heatstroke: a 76-year old man in Badajoz (Extremadura) and a 66-year old cyclist near Barcelona (Catalonia).