Spain holiday warning for Britons traveling to the Canary Islands or Balearic Islands

Britons traveling to the Canary or Balearic Islands have been warned that temperatures are likely to be much higher than normal for the next three months.

Aemet, the Spanish state weather agency, expects there to be a 60% chance that the Canary Islands will be warmer than usual this summer, while giving a 70% chance that it the same is true for the Balearic Islands. Local authorities have launched an emergency heat prevention plan which is due to last until September 15.

While that might sound ideal for anyone in need of some sunshine and planning to travel to either holiday destination, temperatures are already expected to hit 42C this weekend. These high temperatures would make any kind of outdoor activities very difficult for tourists.

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A monitoring system to assess the impact of high temperatures on the health of the population has been put in place and local health centers are on high alert to deal with a potential influx of exceptionally weather-affected patients. hot.

A Canary Islands health spokesperson said: “These actions aim to increase individual prevention capacity to deal with the heat in the Canary Islands by applying easy and accessible measures. All hospitals and the emergency service of the Canary Islands (SUC) have designated and specially trained personnel to deal with and effectively coordinate services in the event of a possible heat wave, as well as the communication channels put in place.”

Britons planning to visit the Canaries this summer are advised to research how they can protect themselves from the effects of the heat wave. The usual tips like trying to stay in the shade as much as possible and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water are always a good idea.

Aemet’s Ruben del Campo said: “The likelihood of the next quarter being warmer than normal is very high.” He also explained that a heatwave in Spain must last “at least three days” and “temperatures must be in the top five percent of the hottest”, for it to be officially considered a heatwave.