Hot seas around Spain

Looks like the sea is getting hotter around Spain. According to the article here on the La Voz de Almería site.

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Sea temperature reaches record highs in Almería

The Cabo de Gata buoy reaches this week the highest record on the Mediterranean coast

Never has the sea water been warmer on the coast of Almeria until now. According to data provided by the measurement network provided by the State Ports Public Body, the buoy located off the coast of Cabo de Gata reached record highs this week.

The records collected by this buoy, which floats a few miles off the coast of Almería, indicate that the absolute record for measuring water temperature has been broken in this area, surpassing a record that went back 21 years, specifically to the summer of the year 2001.

warm sea

Specifically, the historical maximum recorded on the coasts of the province was measured last Monday, July 25, 2022 at five in the afternoon, when a sea water temperature of 27.93 degrees Celsius was reached.

According to the Ministry of Transport. Mobility and Urban Agenda, on which Puertos del Estado depends organically, those almost 28 degrees constitute the highest temperature record not only for the coastal waters of the province, but also for the rest of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

all-time high

The measurement obtained at the Cabo de Gata buoy is the highest and only the one located off the coast of Valencia, operational since the summer of 2005, is close to those records with a measurement of 26.9 degrees Celsius obtained last 20 June at three in the afternoon, as reported by the Ministry itself.

Extreme heat

The warming of the sea water is not an isolated problem that is occurring on the coast or in the territorial waters of Almeria, but rather it is affecting the Mediterranean Sea as a whole, which, in general, is notably warmer this year than the usual records indicate for this month of July.

According to the data provided by the floating buoys of the State Ports Public Organism, and those obtained by the control systems of the rest of the Mediterranean coastal countries, although Almería has marked the highest temperature of this sea, its entire extension presents a level heating much higher than usual.

The cause of this rise in sea temperature must be sought in the persistence of high temperatures and in the strong insolation that has been occurring in recent weeks, with the successive arrival of several heat waves that have made thermometers rise with frequency above 40 degrees.

The records are obtained through the buoys belonging to the State Ports Foreign Network, which measure the temperature of the water with a sensor located three meters deep.

After Almería and Valencia (as far as the Spanish Mediterranean coast is concerned, this year the buoy of the Coastal Network of State Ports was located, the one in Tarragona, which collects temperature data since 2013 and which, likewise, has recorded this year its monthly maximums, reaching its highest record last June 22 with 27.8 degrees, very close to the historical maximum marked by the Cabo de Gata buoy.

Buoy Network

The Exterior Network of buoys, or deep-water buoys, is made up of 15 measurement positions, a coastal network of buoys with 10 measurement positions, a network of 36 tide gauges along the entire Spanish coast and a network of high-frequency radars that It has 9 operational stations.

As Puertos del Estado reported yesterday, except in the three cases described (Cabo de Gata, Valencia and Tarragona), in the other buoys in the Mediterranean there have been no records in the measurement of temperatures so far this summer.

alert this summer

The External Network of Buoys (or deep-water buoys) has collected data for recent weeks, but the Ministry warns that the extreme heat that is being experienced throughout the Mediterranean area "is being very persistent and there are still several summer weeks”, so it is not ruled out that new records of maximum seawater temperatures may be accumulated. For this reason, the alert will be maintained to check the temperatures and carry out an impact study during the entire summer.