Maria, who said at 11am on Saturday it was already 36C “but felt like 43C”, stressed she has “never in my 60 years of life experienced anything like this in Spain”.
A prolonged dry spell and extreme heat made July the hottest month in the country since at least 1961.
But the dry, hot weather did not end then. It is, in fact, likely to continue into the autumn, Spain’s meteorological service AEMET said in a recent report.
Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said on Monday: “We are in a particularly dry year, a very difficult year that confirms what climate change scenarios have been highlighting.”
Addressing a news conference, she also highlighted that drought was leading to devastating wildfires.