Extreme heat event in Spain and France

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Published on 17 June 2022

A severe heatwave is ongoing in western Europe, and numerous air temperature records have been broken.

On 16 June, temperature in St-Jean-de-Minervois in France reached 40.0°C, the highest ever recorded in continental France in June.

The same day was also torrid in Spain, with widespread temperatures of over 40°C and peaks of 42.9°C in Talavera de la Reina and over 40°C in Pamplona. Numerous wildfires are also affecting the country. The Rapid Mapping module of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) was activated twice to monitor the consequences of the fires ongoing in Catalonia (EMSR578) and Navarra (EMSR579).


This cloudless image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites on 16 June 2022, shows the location of the French city where the record temperature was registered and the localisation of the two CEMS activations ongoing in Spain.

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