Spain holiday warning as temperatures set to hit 40C
August 3, 2022, 11:19
Families are being warned of another heatwave in Spain as forecasters predict temperatures will hit 40C.
Anyone flying to Spain in August is warned that a heat wave is sweeping the country.
In fact, some holiday hotspots could see temperatures of 40C, with experts issuing a third heat wave warning.
An orange warning is in place for Cáceres and Badajoz, while Gran Canaria is expected to reach 37C and other southern regions could reach over 40C.
A yellow warning is in place for Andalusia, Madrid, the Basque Country, Aragon, Catilla y Leon, Catalonia, Navarre and La Rioja.
A spokesman for Spain’s response to the Met Office, Rubén del Campo, confirmed the heatwave will last until Thursday.
They added: “It is possible that the intensity, persistence and extension thresholds could mean that we can officially classify this as another heat wave.”
It comes after temperatures hit 45.6C last month as the UK government updated travel advice for holidaymakers.
The advisory reads: “There is currently an increased risk of forest fires due to exceptionally high temperatures in Spain.
“Be careful when visiting or crossing forested areas. Access to certain areas such as nature parks and nature reserves may be restricted or closed as a result.”
It comes after tourists were warned about new air conditioning rules in Spain.
A new law has been passed which means that Spanish shops, offices and hospitality venues will no longer be able to set their cooling systems below 27°C in summer.
This is part of the energy saving measures which also prohibit people from turning up their heating above 19C in the winter.
The measures were published in Tuesday’s edition of the official state newspaper and will remain in effect until November 2023.
“[This] presents a series of measures to save energy and use it more efficiently, which are urgent and necessary when it comes to reducing energy consumption in general and reducing our dependence on energy outside the Spanish economy,” the decree reads.