meteorological agency AEMET has issued a weather warning
for high temperatures over the next 48 hours which affect
much of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands,
although our region is likely to escape the highest
temperatures. Observations show that a mass of hot air
is moving northwards from the African continent
which will produce intense heat wave conditions with
maximum temperatures tomorrow Thursday 30th July expected
to reach 40°c-42°c in many places of Spain,
particularly along the northern coasts of Cantabria
and the Basque Country, in the Ebro Valley in Navarra
and La Rioja, the Tagus and Guadiana valleys and the
Gaudalquivir region. Slightly lower temperatures
of between 37°c-39°c are likely to affect the
interior of Mallorca. Only coastal areas - such as the
Costa Blanca - will escape the intense heat, although
temperatures could still reach the mid-30s.
northern areas of Spain will see a significant drop
in temperatures on Friday and Saturday whilst the southern
and eastern regions of the peninsula will see temperatures
rise again; the rest of the country will see few changes.
Maximum temperatures are likely to exceed 40°c in
many areas of the south and north-east of the peninsula
and reach between 36°c-38°c in the rest of the
southern and eastern regions, in the central meseta
zone and in the Balearic Islands.
Sunday 2nd August, the drop in maximum temperatures
experienced by the northern areas are likely to spread
progressively to the rest of the Iberian peninsula.
WITH THE HEAT
The main risks are not drinking
enough water resulting in dehydration, overheating (which
can affects people who have pre-existing problems with
their heart or lungs), heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
if anyone feels unwell with a high temperature during
hot weather, it may be the latter two conditions.
experts recommend the following tips to help deal with
the hot weather:
1) Drink plenty of fluids; make
sure you have enough water with you if you are travelling.
Avoid excess alcohol.
2) Slow down! Avoid strenuous
activities and get plenty of rest to allow the natural
cooling system of the body to work.
3) If you work
outside, take regular breaks to rest and drink fluids.
Keep an eye on colleagues. Heat can cloud judgement.
Sweating heavily means that you need to replace electrolytes
in your body by eating a small amount of food with your
5) Try to keep out of the sun between 11.00am
and 3.00pm; avoid exercise during the hottest part of
the day, consider before 7.00am.
6) If you do have
to go outside, walk in the shade as much as possible,
apply suncream regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat.
At home, close curtains and blinds in rooms that face
the sun to keep the indoor spaces cooler. Hot air rises
so head downstairs if you can.
8) Eat fresh foods
that don't require you to use the oven or hob to prepare
to eliminate another source of heat inside the house.
9) Avoid large, heavy meals which prompt your body
to increase internal heat to aid digestion. Avoid high
protein foods such as meat.
10) Never leave anyone
in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young
children and animals.
addition, remember your neighbours who may be particularly
at risk, especially if they are older people who
may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated, those
with underlying health conditions and those who live
along. Although there is the COVID-19 health situation
still dominating our lives, during an intense heat-wave people
are more at risk from heat-related problems.
Weather Warning [Link]
Date: Wednesday 29th July 2020