June was a record warm throughout Spain, for example in Zaragoza there was registered 41.6 degrees on Tuesday. The heat has now slowed down temporarily, but comes back again on Friday.
The heat wave is associated with a large hot air outbreaks from the Sahara, which now temporarily has pulled back. But if the forecasts are correct, the warm air will back with possibly even greater force on Friday / Saturday / Sunday. The expected temperatures are 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country and in the warmest parts of southern Spain – Cordoba, Granada, Jaen – it can be up to 45 degrees.
The parts that will least affected by the hot sahara air are Western Cantabria and Galicia.
Authorities warn of the extreme danger of forest fires, as well as the health risks of becoming overheated.
We have earlier this year written about how to deal with extreme heat, but here comes an update:
Pay special attention to small children and the elderly. Children under five and those over 65 are the most vulnerable, and those who are overweight, sick or using medication.
Spend as little time as possible in the sun and use sunscreen. Dress in lightweight, light-colored clothing and cover most of the body – especially the head. Eat light foods that contain lots of fluids and minerals, such as fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Alcohol and coffee should be avoided because it dries out the body. Care for your eyes as the dry Sahara air can cause problems. In case your urine gets darker than usual or if there is less urine than usual: drink more water.
Avoid hard physical work or demanding sport, especially during the hottest time of day. Never leave anyone, neither people nor animals, in a parked car.
Symptoms of heat stroke are particularly headache and nausea, but can also include vomiting, visual disturbances, tremors, irritability and confusion. Heatstroke can be fatal, especially for children and the elderly.
If you’ve got a heatstroke you need to get treatment as soon as possible. You must immediately seek out a cool location and get help to cool the body, for example with a wet towel. You may also need to seek medical care where you get a drip containing fluids and salts.