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Spain Confronts Extreme Temperatures From Early Summer Heat Wave

Parts of Morocco and France also are expected to see higher-than-usual temperatures for this time of year.

A pedestrian uses a towel on their head to protect against the heat in Barcelona in 2021.

A pedestrian uses a towel on their head to protect against the heat in Barcelona in 2021.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Temperatures in Spain will reach unusually high levels for this time of the year amid a heat wave that’s expected to take thermometers above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country.

The heat wave, caused by a mass of hot and dry air coming from North Africa, will reach its peak between Friday and Saturday, Spain’s meteorological agency Aemet said on Tuesday. Temperatures in some parts of Morocco also will hit  40°C this week, according to the country’s weather agency.