Spain heatwave: warning to UK holidaymakers over 40C temperatures

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The Spanish Meteorological Office has issued weather warnings for mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands

The Spanish weather agency AEMET has issued yellow and yellow weather warnings in mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

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The Spanish Meteorological Office has issued weather warnings for mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Photo: Getty Images)

The extreme heatwave, which will be the third this summer, will hit tourists visiting some of Spain’s most popular holiday spots, with temperatures expected to hover between 36 and 38C in Ibiza and Mallorca.

Temperatures are set to get even hotter in Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands off north-west Africa, and could reach as high as 40C on Wednesday (3 August).

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Thunderstorms are expected in Catalonia and Valencia during the intense weather conditions.

The heatwave is expected to last until Thursday (4 August) but temperatures will still remain high at around 35C.

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The Canary Islands Health Minister has extended his health warnings on the islands due to the extreme conditions. The Canarian News reports.

Advising the Foreign Office

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Tourists are urged to exercise caution when visiting or driving through forested areas and access to some nature parks and nature reserves may be restricted or closed as a result.

The heatwave alert comes as Spain introduced new air-conditioning regulations that could leave holidaymakers baking in the heat.

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A new law has been passed which means Spanish shops, offices and catering establishments can no longer set their cooling systems below 27°C in the summer.

It’s part of a series of energy-saving measures that also ban people from increasing their heating above 19C in winter.

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To stay safe in the heat, vacationers are advised to stay in the shade as much as possible to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Heat exhaustion is the precursor to heat stroke and is the body’s response to overheating, often caused by dehydration and salt loss.

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It’s not a serious condition, but it can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Symptoms generally improve as the body cools.

Left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, in which the body temperature can rise to 40°C or more.

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To avoid the risk of heat stroke, tourists can take the following precautions:

– Drink plenty of cold beverages, especially when exercising

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– Take cool baths or showers

– Wear light-colored, loose clothing

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– Spray water on skin or clothing

– Avoid the sun between 11 am and 3 pm

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– Avoid extreme physical exertion

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