Spain ready for second heatwave

21st July 2004, Comments 0 comments

21 July 2004, MADRID – Spain was braced Wednesday for its second heatwave of the summer with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees from tomorrow.

21 July 2004

MADRID – Spain was braced Wednesday for its second heatwave of the summer with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees from tomorrow.

José Antonio Fernández Monistrol, head of the National Meteorological Institute, said the heatwave should last up to five days.

In June, when temperatures reached 48 degrees in the south of Spain, seven people died and authorities issued alerts to try to stop further deaths.

Monistrol said the temperatures will begin to fall from Sunday in the north of Spain.

By Monday temperatures will also fall in central Spain and by early next week the heatwave was expected to end.

He said in Seville, which saw a number of power-cuts because of a surge in demand for air-conditioning during the last heatwave, temperatures could reach 43 degrees.

Monistrol advised the elderly and those whose health is affected by heat to take precautions including avoiding physical labour and to drink large quantities of water.

He insisted it would not be a real heatwave, just a high temperature phase.

He compared the situation with the prolonged high temperatures experienced across Spain last year, when 141 people were officially said to have died because of the heat.

Monistrol said that the June heatwave was exceptional and only happens every 10 or 12 years.

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Subject: Spanish news

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