Irish holidaymakers in Spain warned not to engage in ‘dangerous’ behavior in hot weather

Irish people traveling to Spain on holiday in the coming days are being warned to prepare for ‘extreme’ heat.

A heatwave has hit the country with “unusually high” temperatures expected in holiday hotspots this week.

Several ‘high temperature’ weather warnings have been issued by Spain’s national forecaster Aemet, as the mercury approaches 40C in some areas.

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The most popular vacation spots, including the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, as well as the Balearic Islands, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, will be hardest hit by the “extreme” heat, Aemet said.

A spokesman said: “From Thursday we will exceed 35C in large areas of the peninsula; over 30C – 32C in the Balearic Islands and southern Canary Islands.

Spain’s weather agency has also warned of ‘tropical nights’ with temperatures not dropping below 20C in some areas.

He said these high temperatures are not typical for this time of year and are between 5°C and 10°C above normal average.

“These will be unusually high temperatures for the time of year,” the spokesperson added.

It comes as Irish holidaymakers are among those warned not to engage in ‘unsafe’ behavior in hot weather.

Aemet reminded vacationers and locals of the importance of not leaving children, the disabled, the elderly or pets inside a vehicle unattended during high temperatures.

He wrote on Twitter: “When the heat comes, remember the importance of not leaving children, disabled people, elderly people or pets inside vehicles.

“Studies show that the temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach dangerous levels for people and animals. Leaving the windows ajar does not significantly reduce the temperature rise.

“Also, the effects may be more severe in children because they do not yet have the ability to effectively regulate their body temperature.”

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