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Spain travel warning over excessive heat as tourists advised to ‘stay in hotels’



Spain travel warning over excessive heat as tourists advised to ‘stay in hotels’

Irish tourists holidaying in Spain over the coming days are being warned to prepare for excessive heat.

The Spanish Meteorology Agency AEMET has issued a number of weather warnings, stating that temperatures could climb over 40C in some areas.

It said: “There will be significantly high temperatures in large areas of the southern and northeastern half of the peninsula, inland Mallorca, and the south of the central Canary Islands.

“Temperatures will tend to rise in most of the country. Temperatures are expected to exceed 35C in the southern and north-eastern half of the peninsula, inland Mallorca and the south of the central Canary Islands, and even 38C to 40C in areas of Andalusia, Murcia, the south of the Valencian Community, Albacete and depressions in the north-east.”

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Several Status Orange warnings – the second-highest level that can be issued – are in place for today and tomorrow. They impact holiday hotspots including Seville, Andalusia and Valencia. Less severe Status Yellow warnings are also in place for most areas in the south and east of the peninsula, as well as the Canary Islands. Friday is anticipated to be the hottest day of the heat blast.

Irish tourists in Spain this week are advised to take precautions, such as staying hydrated, avoiding peak sun hours and wearing sunscreen.

Advice from AEMET issued this week includes only leaving your property when necessary and during less extreme hours rather than the middle of the day, as well as keeping windows and blinds tightly closed to prevent heat from entering.

Meteoalarm, which Met Eireann describes as a website that “will provide the most relevant information needed to prepare for extreme weather, expected to occur somewhere over Europe” has issued Status Orange and Yellow alerts, warning both visitors and locals in Spain to “be prepared”. It said: “Be prepared. Take precautions and keep up to date with the latest weather forecast. Severe damages to people and properties may occur, especially to those vulnerable or in exposed areas.”

Meanwhile Ireland can expect “below average” temperatures this weekend, however the weather is expected to be dry for many with just some scattered showers.

Giving a day-by-day breakdown of what to expect, the national forecaster said: “Cloudy for most to start Thursday with outbreaks of rain and drizzle lingering in Leinster and east Munster, and isolated showers elsewhere. It will turn drier through the morning as the drizzle clears and sunny spells develop, with just well scattered showers for the rest of the day. Highest temperatures of 14C to 1 in a light to moderate northerly breeze.

“Friday will be a cloudier day overall with the best of any sunny spells in the east and southeast. Dry for many but scattered showers will slowly spread from the northwest through the morning and afternoon. Some patchy drizzle will push into northwestern coasts later. Highest temperatures of 14C to 18C in a light northerly breeze.

“A cloudy start to Saturday with scattered showers. Sunny spells will develop through the day with further scattered showers developing also. Highest temperatures of 15C to 19C in a light northerly or variable breeze.

“A dry start for many Sunday with sunny spells. Scattered showers will develop through the morning and afternoon. Turning cloudier in the south and west later. Highest temperatures of 16C to 20C in light to moderate southerly or variable winds.”

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