One of the many ways in which you can stay cool throughout this weekend’s heat wave!

Spain’s AEMET (State Meteorological Agency) announced at the start of this week that a heat wave is on the way and temperatures will climb to as high as 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the Peninsula from today until at least Sunday…

According to their data, the south-west – an area which includes the Costa del Sol – will be one of the three hottest parts of the country and will be the first to experience the rocketing temperatures. Warm air moving northwards from Africa is the cause of this heat wave, so the Málaga province’s proximity to the northern tip of Africa makes it the starting point for this weather system.

Areas such as central Spain and the River Ebro Valley will be the next to feel the mercury rising by tomorrow, with temperatures even predicted to exceed 36 degrees Celsius in the famously cooler and wetter north-west and parts of inland Galicia.

With mountainous areas several degrees cooler in summer, many locals and expats alike travel inland to catch some respite from the heat. If you want to find out about some of these areas, take a look at our Area Guides for inland towns such as Alhaurín el Grande, Alhaurín de la Torre, ÁloraAntequera, Coín, Gaucín, Guaro, Istán, Ronda and Yunquera.

Sun-seekers will welcome this news and will no doubt be starting their prep for the beach in earnest. Tanning lotions, sunglasses, minimalist beachwear and a good novel will be the order of the day as they embark on a quest to get the most colour from the intense summer sun.

A note of caution, though: take the necessary precautions in the sun, as a negligent day in the sun can lead to several very uncomfortable nights… this author knows only too well the dangers of falling asleep in the sun and the subsequent pain and regret associated with having done so!

…Talking of uncomfortable nights, AEMET‘s weather warning extends to minimum temperatures too, which are predicted to fall no lower than 25 degrees Celsius from tomorrow night until at least the end of the weekend.

So, if you’re an expat living on the Costa del Sol, make sure you have the air conditioning on standby for the weekend, because your quality of sleep may very well depend on it!