Storms to bring brief relief from heatwave
19 July 2006, MADRID — Cooling storms forecast for Wednesday may give some parts of the country a brief respite from the heatwave.
19 July 2006
MADRID — Cooling storms forecast for Wednesday may give some parts of the country a brief respite from the heatwave.
Thunderstorms in the north and west of Spain are expected to lower the temperatures for 24 hours.
But the cooler spell will last only until Thursday before Spain is once more plunged into the grip of another heat wave.
At least six provinces have been placed on alert by authorities, with the elderly and parents with young babies warned to take precautions against the heat.
So far, two people have died from heat-related illnesses.
A 44-year-old man in Ourense, Galicia, died after suffering a heart attack.
Last Friday, a bricklayer died after suffering a car crash caused by the effects of the high temperatures in Murcia, southeast Spain.
At least four people in Andalusia have been taken to hospital suffering from heat-related conditions.
Temperatures have reached 40C in southern Spain, and in the Basque Country they soared to 37C on Tuesday.
Energy consumption, primarily from people using air-conditioning, has risen by 4.5 percent compared with last year.
Forest fires have been raging in Conil, near Cadiz, in Andalusia and in Galicia.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news