Temperatures top 40C in scorching heat wave in Spain with warnings for tourists

Temperatures across Spain are set at nearly 40C for much of the coming week and a seven-day heatwave grips the holiday nation. In some areas the mercury could soar to 43C and holidaymakers have been warned to prepare for scorching conditions.

Official Spanish forecaster Aemet predicted that a band of Saharan air would continue to sweep the country, with the most severe heat expected in central and southwestern regions. The heat wave is expected to last much of this week.

The southern cities of Seville, Cordoba and Badajoz are bracing for highs of 43C, with Madrid and the Balearic Islands hitting 38C, well above average for early June. Temperatures in many parts of Spain will be 10-15°C above normal during the day and 5-10°C above normal at night.

A statement from Aemet said: “The heat will be very intense on the mainland and in the Balearic Islands at least until next Wednesday and it cannot be ruled out that it could last for a few days. The intense heat wave is very rare for the month of June.”

Forecasters said the sweltering heat wave could last across most of Spain until Wednesday before temperatures cool slightly. Aemet said: “The heat will be very intense on the mainland and in the Balearic Islands at least until Wednesday and it cannot be ruled out that it could last for a few days.

“The intense heat wave is very rare for the month of June.”

Forecasters predicted that strong winds and storms would follow in parts of Spain.

Holidaymakers are advised to exercise extreme caution and avoid exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day. The Spanish Ministry of Health has issued the following advice for staying safe in extremely hot weather:

  • Drink water and fluids often
  • Avoid beverages containing caffeine or alcohol as they can promote dehydration
  • Pay particular attention to infants and young children, pregnant women and the elderly
  • Try to stay in cool, shady places
  • Reduce physical activity and avoid outdoor sports in the middle of the day
  • Wear light, loose and breathable clothing
  • Never leave anyone in a closed and parked vehicle
  • Store medications in a cool, dry place
  • Eat light meals that help replenish salts lost through sweating

Meanwhile, in neighboring Portugal, temperatures are expected to rise above regular levels for much of the summer. Ricardo Deus, from IPMA’s Weather Forecasting and Monitoring Division and Climate and Climate Change Division, told The Portugal News: “There are several scenarios, but the most likely is that the month of June will be considered normal warm.”