Spain is bracing itself for its first heatwave of the summer this weekend with temperatures expected to top 40C in the Madrid region and reach as high as 50c in Andalucia, according to the Spanish meteorologist office, AEMET (Agencia Española de Meteorología).
The Madrid Health authorities have raised the weather warning from Level 1 to Level 2 “high alert” today, for the first time this year, as temperatures soar across the country and which are expected to last until next Monday.
After a dip in the low 20s at the end of June the customary “Madrid Oven” is expected to be in full flow by tomorow, Thursday July 8th.
Temperatures are expected to dip once more from mid next week.
The Madrid regional health authorities have stressed the importance of keeping hidrated, and consuming plenty of liquids ( at least 2 litres of water for an adult) including foods with high liquid content such as fruit and salads.
Dr Isabel Romero, pediatric coordinator for leading Spanish healthcare provider HM Hospitales, stressed too, the importance of vigilance for playing children on the beach where jellyfish can be an unseen hazard, as well as in the countryside where insect bights and stings can be a scare for parents.
In addition people are advised not to engage in exercise during the hottest times of the day ( 12.00 and 17.00) and to keep out of the sun wherever possible and if not, to keep the head and skin covered as well as using sun protector.