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SCORCHING: Spain Could See Summer Heatwaves Of 50 Degrees Scientist Warns Spain News

Spain has just experienced its earliest heatwave in 40 years and experts are now warning that temperatures could continue to soar by as much as 6c by 2040.

Jorge Tamayo of the country's meteorological agency AEMET has suggested that temperatures could continue to rise by between 1.8 and 2.0 if action is not taken fast with the country potentially experiencing scorching heatwaves of up to 50c.

On Friday Tamayo appeared at a special study commission of Les Corts Vaelencianes to debate the effects of climate change, however, the expert indicated that the temperatures would most likely continue to rise regardless of what measures are put in place as much of the damage has already been done over previous years.

We have to try to mitigate these emissions,” he said, “because climate change is not something that is going to happen, it is something that is already happening and will continue to do so. We must try to alleviate the level of occurrence.

Tamayo said that the indicators are clear with an increasing rise in average air and sea temperatures, more intense rainfall, and tropical nights above 20 degrees which have gone from around 10 per year to all summer - between 80 and 90 nights.

He also stressed that the impact of climate change will not only affect Spain but other countries around the world with the whole planet warming up creating more frequent and intense storms.

"The heatwaves are going to be much more intense and possibly we will start talking about heatwaves of temperatures of 50c," he predicted.

The scientist also pointed out the current 40-degree temperatures experienced in Alaska and Lapland where it was around 35 degrees. It shows that “something is happening here,” he said.

Tamayo said the situation could only be mitigated if the right measures against climate change were applied such as the Paris Agreement and the lowering of greenhouse gases.

Ultimately "political, economic and technological" measures, concluded Tamayo.