The average temperature was 24.7 degrees, just two tenths lower than the 2012 record
The Region of Murcia closed a month of June with a very hot thermal character: the average temperature was 24.7 degrees, which is 2.6 above normal and only two tenths below the record recorded in 2012. In addition , the average of the maximums was the highest since there are records, according to the monthly climatological advance provided by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
During those first weeks of the month, high pressures remained persistent over the western Mediterranean, with low pressure centers tending to move across the Atlantic. As a result of this situation, a mass of warm continental air of African origin remained over the Region of Murcia which, with clear skies except for occasional dry storms, kept temperatures above normal.
On the 20th and 21st, a storm centered in Galicia affected the Region, with widespread rainfall, but as of the 22nd, the anticyclone was centered further east in the Mediterranean, and the storms remained around Portugal, normalizing the temperatures, and keeping the skies clear until the end of the month, with the occasional storm.
The maximum temperatures, with an average value of 32.4 ºC and an anomaly of +3.5 ºC, were the highest, on average, of the entire series, surpassing the previous event, of 32.1 ºC, also recorded in June 2012. As for the minimum, which remained at 16.9 degrees, they were 1.5 higher than normal.
In the evolution of temperatures, the very high values stood out, especially the maximums, until the 20th. The first 20 days of June at the Murcia and Alcantarilla observatories were the warmest of their respective series of 39 and 81 years, respectively. The highest maximum temperatures on average were observed on the 17th, followed closely by those of the 14th, registering on this day the monthly absolute maximum, 40.1 ºC, in Fuentes del Marqués, Caravaca.
During this month of June, the maximum average temperature ephemeris was exceeded in numerous stations, including Murcia and Alcantarilla with 39 and 81 years of data, respectively, surpassing the previous ephemeris recorded in June 2012.
Average temperature ephemeris for a month of June were also exceeded at stations such as Cieza, with 26 years of data; Torre Pacheco, 18 years old; and Jumilla, with 15 years of data. In addition, the maximum temperature recorded on June 17 at the Águilas station, 38.1 ºC, exceeded the absolute maximum ephemeris for the month of June, 35.6 ºC, on June 4, 2020.
During this month, the average rainfall in the Region of Murcia was 4.4 liters per square meter (l/m2), being 68% of the median value (6.4 l/m2) and giving it a dry pluviometric character. During the first 20 days of June, hardly any precipitation was recorded. At the Murcia and Alcantarilla observatories, such a dry period has not been observed in June since 2009, and at the San Javier observatory since 2017.
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