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11 July 2006, MADRID — Spain was sweltering in a heatwave on Tuesday with temperatures reaching 43C.

11 July 2006

MADRID — Spain was sweltering in a heatwave on Tuesday with temperatures reaching 43C.

Electricity use reached record levels as air conditioning machines have proved essential in any workplace.

The government advised the elderly and parents with young children, who are the most vulnerable groups, to take extra care in the hot weather.

The authorities declared heat wave alerts in 10 regions, with the mercury predicted to soar as high as 43 C (109 F) in the cities of Seville and Cordoba.

The regions hit by the highest temperatures are Castile-La Mancha, Andalusia, Asturias, Cantabria, Castile and Leon, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, the Basque Country, Valencia and Murcia.

Authorities said that the highest temperatures are predicted for the Andalusian provinces of Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, Huelva, Granada and Jaen.

A spokesman for the National Meteorology Institute told the EFE news agency that the spike in temperatures began on Sunday, particularly in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula, and will peak on Tuesday.

The weather will begin to get somewhat cooler on Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to be around 40 C (104 F) in most of the regions on alert, and Civil Protection authorities have recommended that people not expose themselves to the sun, eat light meals, take care to hydrate themselves properly and wear light-coloured clothing to reflect the sunlight.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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