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ESP | Jul 10, 2022

Spain swelters as temperatures reach 110 degrees in second heatwave

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Adopted dogs cool off in a plastic pool during the second heatwave of the year at an association for the protection of animals (ARPA) in Ronda, southern Spain, July 10, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca)

MADRID (Reuters)

Spaniards stayed in the shade in parks, headed for the beach or sipped iced drinks to tackle stifling temperatures as high as 43C (110F), as the country experiences its second heatwave this year.

Warm summer sunshine combined with a hot air front from North Africa have sent temperatures soaring, state metereological forecasters AEMET said today (July 10), and the heatwave could last until July 14.

The highest recorded temperature on Sunday was 43C (110F) by the Guadalquivir river near Seville in southern Spain and in Badajoz, towards the west of the country, forecasters said.

“It’s not as enjoyable as we would like it to be on a holiday but it is what it is. But compared to the desert it is not that bad,” she told Reuters.

Rasha, 45, a Syrian health executive who lives in Abu Dhabi

For Rasha, 45, a Syrian health executive who lives in Abu Dhabi, the heatwave was an unwelcome surprise on holiday.

“It’s not as enjoyable as we would like it to be on a holiday but it is what it is. But compared to the desert it is not that bad,” she told Reuters.

Lazaro Cun, 37, a builder from Guatemala, stayed in the shade in Madrid’s Casa de Campo Park to escape the heat.

“It is hot but at least with a breeze you feel better,” he said.

AVOID EXCESSIVE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

AEMET spokesman Ruben del Campo told Reuters that temperatures could touch 44C in Corboda or Extremadura in southern Spain.

“They could also reach 42C in parts of (central Spain) like Castille and Leon and Galicia (in central and western Spain) on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Del Campo advised people to avoid excessive physical activity, to take care of elderly people with conditions which meant they were sensitive to high temperatures, and to drink plenty of water.

He said there was also a high risk of forest fires during the heatwave.

In June, Spaniards weathered the earliest heatwave since 1981, according to AEMET, with temperatures surpassing 40F in parts of central and southern Spain.

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