Temperatures could hit 40 degrees, authorities warn
Civil Protection service issues an alarm for heatwave and recommends walking in shade, using umbrellas on the beach and drinking lots of water
The first major heatwave has just landed in Catalonia. Temperatures in some areas are set to be higher than 40°, and the Civil Protection service has issued a heatwave warning for this Monday and Tuesday.
The heat will be especially intense in the westernmost inland counties, and in the northeastern Alt Empordà county. On Sunday the highest temperature was 37.2ºC in Aitona, in the west, but the mercury is set to rise even more.
The authorities recommend that people drink a lot of water, and avoid alcohol or heavy meals. It is also advised to avoid being outside at the time of day when the heat is strongest, as well as not partaking in physical exercise or shopping when the sun beats down strongest.
Walking in the shade, using umbrellas when on the beach and using fans and air-cons at home are also good ideas, says the Catalan Civil Protection service also.
"It is recommended to visit once a day elderly relatives or neighbors who live alone to make sure they are hydrating and following the advice facing high temperatures"
Catalan Civil Protection service
The authorities call on the public to think about elderly people, especially those who live alone.
"It is recommended to visit once a day, as much as possible, elderly relatives or neighbors who live alone to make sure they are hydrating and following the advice facing high temperatures," they said. Children and people with chronic illnesses are others to who will need special attention.
Ahead of the exceptional weather, the Civil Protection service has also asked local governments to look out for these groups, as well as people without resources and physically or mentally disabled people. Town halls have also been required to allow some public premises with air-cons or cool areas.