Five-month summers on the horizon

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The Costa could be in for five-month summers

By Tom Cain

WEATHER experts have warned that if climate change continues at the current rate, then the Costa could be in for five-month-long summers.

Jorge Olcina, head of Alicante’s university climatology department, spoke of the challenges which lie ahead for southern and south-eastern Spain and warned of prolonged droughts in the coming years if nothing is done to fight CO2 emissions.

What could appear to be good news for the Costa tourism trade with an extended high season, would really have the opposite effects points out Sr Olcina, as many northern Europeans, both residents and tourists, avoid the Costa’s high temperatures in summer. He used this year as an example as what is to come, as in November it was still common to see people bathing in the sea – and not just for charity dips.

Very warm months in which daytime temperatures rarely drop below 30°C will become common, making sleep more difficult with thermometers not falling below 23°C at night.

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