The heat in Spain takes its toll. Only in five days, from last Sunday to Thursday, 237 people died, the Institute of Health Charles III in Madrid.
Spain is experiencing the second heat wave this summer. According to the data of the State Institute of Health Charles III in Madrid, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, from Sunday 10 July to Thursday 14 July extremely high temperatures resulted in the death of 237 people. There were 93 deaths during the peak of the wave on Thursday. The temperature on that day in some places reached around 45 degrees Celsius.
According to the Spanish media, the number of deaths due to heat was increasing every day. 15 people died on Sunday, while on the next day the number of deaths was almost twice as high – 28. On Tuesday, 41 deaths were registered, and on Wednesday – 60.
According to the Institute, the earlier heat wave, which lasted from June 11 to 18, caused more than 700 deaths, writes El Pais. Spanish meteorologists say it was the country’s earliest heatwave since 1981.
Over a thousand deaths each year
In his article “El Pais”, he points out that, according to the available data, about 1,300 people die each year in Spain as a result of the heat.
It was noted that the death toll in 2003 was much higher, more than six thousand. An unprecedented heat wave hit Europe then, taking the lives of over 70,000 people.
Over 40 degrees in the shade, raging fires
For several days, the temperature in some parts of Spain has been well above 40 degrees Celsius. Slightly lower values are forecasted for the coming days, but still very high. For the weekend, the national meteorological agency AEMET announces a maximum of 43 degrees in Andalusia, 42 degrees in the Ebro valley, 40 degrees in Madrid and Castile and Leon, 39 degrees in Galicia and 38 degrees C in Cantabria and east of the Castile region -La Mancha.
Almost all of Spain have weather alerts before the heat. Red warnings, of the highest degree, have been issued for some places.
The heat is not only a concern for the Spaniards. There are forest fires in the country. Fire is approaching buildings, forcing thousands of people, including tourists, to evacuate. On Saturday, the largest fires were still active, in Extremadura, Andalusia, Castile and Leon, and in Galicia. In Mijas, in the province of Malaga, a section of the A-404 motorway has been closed to traffic. By Friday afternoon, over two thousand people had been evacuated there.
An out of control fire in Monfrague (Caceres) closed the A-5 motorway to Madrid and evacuated 360 people. The media showed panic scenes among drivers surprised by the appearance of flames along the road.
El Pais, La Vanguardia, tvnmeteo.pl, PAP, El Mundo
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