Britons traveling to Spain’s Canary or Balearic Islands have received a warning.
Over the next three months, temperatures are expected to be higher than normal. An emergency heat prevention plan has been launched until September 15.
According to forecasters, there is a 60% chance that the Canary Islands will be warmer than usual this summer. Aemet, the Spanish state weather agency, added that there was a 70% chance the Balearic Islands would be warmer.
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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 sort of outdoor activity very difficult for tourists, reports ChronicleLive.
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.
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