By Deirdre Tynan • 11 August 2021 • 8:17
In less than 30 years, Madrid could be as warm as Marrakech and Cordoba as warm as Baghdad because of what the UN says is now unstoppable climate change.
As temperatures increase worldwide, Cordoba could climb from an average of 36 degrees in August to an average of 44c.
Madrid – with an average of 31 degrees in August – could reach temperatures similar to those of Marrakech, which averages 37 degrees in late summer. London, with an average in August of 23 degrees, would become the new Barcelona with an average of 29 degrees, according to La Sexta.
Climate change will not only impact temperatures but also sea levels and that could increase by one metre by 2050.
Many Spanish cities would undergo drastic changes. In Valencia, for example, the entire El Perellonet beach would disappear and the water would reach the town of Sollana, which is located almost 20 kilometres from the coast. In Huelva, from the beach of Isla Canela to Punta Umbria “would be engulfed by the sea.”
Due to the rise in sea level, water would threaten the Sevillian neighbourhood of Dos Hermanas due to the overflow of the Guadalquivir River. Surfers in Cadiz would also say goodbye to El Palmar beach.
La Sexta also warns that, “Climate change not only affects the climate or temperatures, but also our customs. For example, we would say goodbye to Spanish wine because there would no longer be many of the areas suitable for growing grapes.”
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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