Spain’s Ministry of Health has issued its guidance to citizens on how best to deal with the country’s impending summer heatwave.
With the summer season upon us, the Ministry has published information on how to stay cool and prevent potential health issues as a result of the soaring temperatures.
The aim of the campaign is to highlight the dangers of abnormally high temperatures often experienced during the hottest months of July and August and the impacts it can have on the most vulnerable at-risk groups. This includes the elderly, pregnant women, minors, people with chronic health conditions and those who work outdoors.
In order to mitigate any negative effects, the Ministry offers the following recommendations.
Weather Alerts Available Via Email And SMS
One of the Ministry’s priority action plans is to alert citizens as to when there are possible high-risk situations due to heat extremities.
As a result, a new service with data provided by the country’s State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has been set up which will alert citizens via email and SMS notifying them of the anticipated daily high and low temperatures for their region.
Alerts will also indicate the minimum and maximum forecasted temperatures for a rolling five day period.
You can register for the free service here.
You may subscribe from today up until the service ends on September 15.
Alert levels will be assigned using the following categories.
In 2020, level 3 (red or high risk) was activated on 53 separate occasions, with the region of Granada experiencing 17 of the alerts. On August 6 there were a total of eight provinces in the red level simultaneously.
Level 2 (orange or medium risk) was activated on 222 occasions during the plan's activation period, with the provinces with the highest number of orange levels being: Granada (34), Zaragoza (23) and Jaén (19). On August 8 there were a total of 20 provinces at the orange level simultaneously.
Level 1 (yellow or low risk) was activated on 638 occasions, distributed among 42 provincial capitals, Salamanca (33) being the one with the highest number. July 31, August 3 and August 5 were the days in which the highest number of yellow alerts occurred (21 provincial capitals simultaneously).
During the 2020 season, there were a total of 81 days with alerts of some kind, being the provinces with the highest number of alerts of any type: Granada with 69, Jaén with 59 and Zaragoza with 49. The week with the most alerts was between August 3 and 9, with a total of 115 activations of level 1 (yellow), 65 of level 2 (orange) and twelve of level 3 (red).
Please make sure you sign up for the free alerts and stay safe this summer.