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Heat wave over Spain

Aemet has published a warning of a heatwave over Spain. High temperatures are expected from 1. August to 6. August in most of mainland Spain.

Weather 1. August 2018 by eltiempo.es. Click to enlarge.

During the next few days high temperatures are expected in most parts of Spain with high or very high values. The heat will be especially intense and long lasting in the south-western Spain, in central areas and around the Ebro valley. Temperatures are likely to exceed 40 degrees in the south-west from Wednesday and in central areas and the Ebro valley from Thursday.

From Thursday and Friday temperatures could reach 44 degrees in the Tajo, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys. In northern Spain, temperatures will exceed 36 degrees in many areas from Thursday. In the rest of mainland sSpain and the Balearic Islands it is likely that temperatures reach or exceed 35 degrees from Friday and Saturday.

Minimum temperatures will also be significantly higher than normal in many areas, particularly in the south-west quadrant where they could go no lower than 25 degrees from Thursday onward.

From Monday 6th it is possible that the temperatures slowly start to come down, commencing in the north-western part of Spain.

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Weather 2. August 2018 by eltiempo.es

Weather 3. August 2018 by eltiempo.es

How to deal with the heat

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.

Heatstroke


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.

Sleeping in the heat

  1. Do not eat too much at night. Avoid fatty foods and the meals should not be too large. But it is however recommended to increase your intake of fruits, salads and vegetables. One should not eat too close to bedtime.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid all alcoholic drinks, energy drinks or coffee. Also avoid smoking.
  3. Protect your home from the sun. Use blinds and close windows and doors when the outside temperature is high. Open windows only when it is cooler outside than inside.
  4. In the bed is best to use cotton, you can also moisten the sheets with lukewarm water. If you use a pajamas they should be made of cotton. Alternatively you can sleep naked.
  5. Take a shower before going to bed, but do not use cold or warm water, but lukewarm water.
  6. Install a fan in the bedroom. If possible facilitate airflow towards a container of ice cubes, so that the air becomes cooler. If it has become colder outside you can open blinds and windows.
  7. Do not work out at night. Sports is usually good for your health, but not during a heat wave. You should exercise in the morning if possible.
  8. When nothing else works, sensible use of air conditioning is recommende. You should not have A / C turned on during the night but rather cool down the room before going to bed. One should never set the temperature to values ​​below 24 degrees.

Illustration photo by Jon Moe

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