Spain prepares to sweat it out in new heatwave

13th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2005, MADRID — Health officials in 12 provinces of Spain were issuing extreme heat warnings as a heatwave was expected in the next few days with temperatures likely to get over 40 degrees Celsius.

14 July 2005

MADRID — Health officials in 12 provinces of Spain were issuing extreme heat warnings as a heatwave was expected in the next few days with temperatures likely to get over 40 degrees Celsius.

The worse effected regions were Zaragoza and Huesca in the east, Pontevedra in the north, Albacete and Almeria in the south, Toledo and Guadalajara in central Spain, Girona and Leida in Catalonia, Castellon in the north-east of the country and Teruel in the north.

The government has activated an emergency plan to offer health advise and care to the elderly, those with medical complaints which make them vulnerable to heat or babies who may be at special risk.

In Zaragoza forecasters predicted temperatures could reach a maximum 37.3C over the weekend.

In Huesca in Aragon province, the maximum forecast was 35.8C, while in Pontevedra temperatures could rise to 32.6C.

Meanwhile in Almeria, in Andalusia, highest temperatures could reach 35.4C, and in Albacete they could go as high as 37C.

Forecasters also predicted top temperatures in Girona of 36C, Guadalajara (39C), Leida (36C), Teruel (37C), Castellon (33C), Toledo (40C). 

Extreme temperatures were also predicted in Galicia in the north-west, Asturias and Cantabria, in the north, Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain and western Andalusia, as well as Melilla, Spain's north-African enclave.

Those suffering medical problems due to the heat can call an emergency number : 900 22 22 99

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Subject: Spanish news

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