Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far in Barcelona city (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Temperatures reached 37.4º in the Observatori Fabra and 36.8 in the Avinguda Diagonal, above the 35º that was the previous highest temperature recorded in 2009. The hot weather was felt all over Catalunya: the province of Girona registered seven of the eight highest temperatures, with the lake town of Banyoles reaching 38.6º. The official highest temperature ever recorded in Barcelona was 39.8º on July 5th, 1982. The Catalan Met Office has predicted that temperatures will fall tomorrow by various degrees.
Barcelona council is not going to change local legislation on semi-nudity in public despite the unhappiness of some businesses and residents in the city (article in Catalan, Avui). Following declarations earlier in the week by the Confederació de Comerç, hoteliers and neighbourhood associations complaining about perceived permissiveness towards tourists who walk around with no tops on or in swimming costume, a spokesperson for the council has said that there is no plan to make amendments to the 'civisme' (public spirit) regulations regarding those who go in a state of undress through the streets of Barcelona. Instead, the council feels that matters relating to tourists should come under a new strategic plan that is being drawn up regarding the city's tourism sector.
Speculation in the property market has created a week of gains for estate agents listed on the stock exchange (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Recent days have seen the price of stocks for these companies rise significantly, in some cases doubling their value. However, both financial analysts and the businesses themselves are bemused as to the causes for this sudden spurt of interest in real estate. One analyst claimed that nothing has been announced that would explain this activity, while another said that investors may believe that the sector has passed its worse point in the US and UK, and are predicting the same will soon happen here. Despite this, there are still around a million properties for sale in Spain and analysts say that shares in property companies continue to be a particularly risky option.
Also in the news: Council claims noise has been cut in half at Gràcia festes (Avui); Manchester City defeat Barça (El Periodico); Catalunya carries out four urgent archaelogical excavations each day (La Vanguardia)