Saharan heat wave hits Costa del Sol and Malaga with Brits basking in 40C temperatures on newly reopened beaches

SPAIN is set for scorching 40C temperatures starting tomorrow as a blast of hot air sweeps in from the Sahara.

The Costa del Sol and Malaga are among areas expecting a scorcher – which comes just as Brits head back to newly reopened beaches for the summer holidays.



The country's Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning ahead of the heatwave, which is caused by a plume of warm air gliding up the western Mediterranean.

Tourist hotspots such as Malaga will see highs of 39C from tomorrow, while Alicante is set for temperatures of above 30C.

The scorcher comes just as Spain begins to reopen to tourists across Europe, after the state of emergency was lifted on June 21 after 98 days.

Inland areas will be particularly hot, reaching 40C, while a cool sea breeze from the straight of Gibraltar will keep the mercury lower in coastal areas.

It comes after the hottest January to May period since records began in 1965.

BRITS ARE BACK IN TOWN

It comes as the Costa Blanca hopes to welcome British tourists back to revitalise the region's economy, which is powered by tourism.

More are expected to jet off for the sun after Boris Johnson clarifies when British tourists returning from the Costas no longer have to quarantine.

The plan to allows Brits to go on holiday to the safest European destinations without having to self-isolate on their return is expected to come in force on July 6.

Bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses in the Benidorm area have been severely hit by the crisis – with some 75% of all foreign visitors hailing from the UK.

But Spain's beaches are not the carefree sandy paradise they once were prior to the pandemic, with drones now patrolling the coastline to enforce social distancing and strict rules in place to maintain capacity.

Grim scenes were reported on the Costa del Sol yesterday as tourists faced three-mile traffic jams to get onto jams.

A number of beaches have also been forced to close across the country for the second week running.

But some areas are preparing carefully, with Benidorm introducing a pre-booking system for tourists who want to use the beach.

Spain is keen to present itself as a safe haven for tourists amid the pandemic, despite recording one of Europe's highest death tolls.

As of today, the country has reported 28,355 deaths and over 296,000 cases – though the infection rate has dramatically decreased this past month.



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