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Mallorca's mini heatwave

Subtropical air = record temperatures

winter sunshine, puerto soller

Weather records were smashed yesterday when Mallorca enjoyed, and I really mean enjoyed, its hottest January day ever. People were out and about in shirtsleeves and even sunbathing on the beaches as by the afternoon temperatures reached spring like levels!

In Palma the thermometer reached 22.7 degrees centigrade, breaking the record high of 22.4 which has stood for 36 years since 1982. Elsewhere on the island temperatures rose even higher with Son Servera hitting 24.6, Capdepera 24.5, Sa Pobla 23.9, Muro 23.7, and Pollensa 23.6!

Phew! That's on the warm side when compared to the big freeze affecting the States at the moment. The hike in temperatures here has been caused by a mass of subtropical air coming up through Africa and is a mere temporary blip in our weather patterns with temperatures getting back to normal over the next few days.

I wouldn't want to mislead anyone that the weather in Mallorca is so balmy in winter under normal circumstances because we do have a few comparatively cool rainy days, but by and large the weather is perfect for getting out and about; golfing, sailing, hiking, cycling or just strolling aimlessly about in town or on the coast. It's also usually perfect for taking an alfresco coffee or beer in the afternoon sunshine as my photo taken in Puerto de Soller in December shows.

A winter holiday in Mallorca is a great pick-me-up during the cold dark days of much of Europe and even better, the flights are cheaper and accommodation in hotels, villas and apartments costs much, much less than in summer. Take a look at our Holiday Accommodation section and find yourself a bargain.