Brit expats in Southern Spain warned over extreme heat

Published:  2 Aug at 6 PM
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As Europe swelters in a massive heatwave, British expats in Spain are warned of temperatures exceeding 47 Celsius.

Europe’s extreme heatwave is about to get even hotter, with southern Spain warned to expect the hottest day since records began. For expats and tourists from the UK unused to such extreme heat, the fiery furnace blast may cause major health problems, with emergency preparations now taking place in both regional and local medical centres and hospitals . In addition, the risk of devastating wildfires is now at its maximum level, with some 11,000 firefighters and 56 aircraft standing ready along Spain’s border with Portugal.

Even in the UK, highs of around 36 degrees Celsius are being predicted, with the main cause of the extraordinary weather being a blast of super-hot air drifting northwards from Africa. Southern France is also expected to experience record highs, and expats as well as tourists in all the affected areas are being urged to cover up, stay indoors and drink gallons of water to combat the danger of dehydration. If going outdoors is a must, full-protection sun cream is essential, and air conditioning should be kept on overnight.

By Sunday, temperatures should start to fall, but care should still be taken. In France, the average summer temperatures to date across the country’s northern region have been equal to expected norms in the far south, with July showing the third highest averages since 1900. The upcoming second heatwave is expected to top 40 degrees Celcius, with Rhone, Drome, Ardeche and Pyrenees-Orientales regions getting the worst of the heat. An anti-cyclone will push the mercury even higher, with 40 degrees Celsius along the Mediterranean coastline and its hinterlands and at least 30 degrees in Paris.
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