Britons traveling to the Canaries or the Balearic Islands have been warned of the dangerous temperatures. They are expected to be higher than usual and a heat prevention contingency plan is in place through September 15, ChronicleLive reports.
Forecasters predict there is a 60% chance the Canary Islands will be warmer than usual and a 70% chance the Balearic Islands will be warmer. While this may seem ideal, these high temperatures would make outdoor activities difficult for tourists.
A monitoring system to assess the impact of temperatures on the health of the population has been set up. Local health centers are also on high alert to deal with a potential influx of patients affected by the weather.
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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.”
British tourists planning to visit the Canaries this summer are advised to research how they can protect themselves from the effects of the heat wave. Advice is to try to stay in the shade as much as possible and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Ruben del Campo, from weather agency Aemet, 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.