The first British visitors to the “green list” greeted by a scorching heat wave in the Balearic Islands

Sun worshipers heading to the Balearic Islands to celebrate the region’s green status may experience scorching temperatures.

The islands, which include Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, are expected to suffocate with temperatures reaching 37 ° C.

The scorching heat will welcome the hundreds of British visitors who will arrive after the Balearic Islands were upgraded to the green list without a quarantine this week.

Over the next few days, thousands of British tourists are expected to arrive at Balearic resorts with the airline and tour operator. Jet2 operate 40 flights in the next 72 hours.

The Spanish Met Office is forecasting records for this weekend, with scorching temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.

British visitors arriving at Palma Airport in Mallorca on Wednesday said they were in desperate need of sun, sea and relaxation.

A passenger from Manchester told Ultima Hora newspaper he waited until the Balearic Islands were added to the green list before booking travel.

He said: “Better not to have to quarantine because I have to do things when I get back. I’m also fully vaccinated so it’s easier. “

Despite only being on the island for three days, he said the region’s health measures were similar to those in the UK, adding: “I feel safe”.

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Another man, traveling with his girlfriend, admitted he would not have flown to Mallorca if he had been forced to self-isolate on his return to the UK.

“Without a doubt, it was a good decision to put the Balearic Islands on the green list,” he said.

The pandemic has severely affected tourism in the Balearic Islands. In 2020, foreign arrivals fell 87.4%, to 1.7 million in total, compared to 13.6 million the previous year.