The Portuguese General Directorate of Health (DGS) said on Tuesday that more than 1,000 people had died in less than two weeks due to the heat. From Wednesday, meteorologists expect a return of more than 40-degree heat in several parts of the country.
1,063 people died in Portugal as a result of tropical heat in the period from 7 to 18 July, the governmental general directorate of health (DGS) informed on Tuesday. It is stipulated that these are preliminary data and the death toll may be higher.
The tropical heat wave returns to Portugal
The DGD recalled that already on July 6, the authorities issued a warning about the impending wave of high temperatures in most Portuguese districts. It was noted that the negative impact of heat on health manifests itself primarily in the dehydration of the body and the weakening of patients suffering from chronic diseases.
Although the air temperature in Portugal fell below 35 degrees C on Tuesday, meteorologists expect a return of more than 40 degrees heat in several parts of the country from Wednesday.
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