Six regions in Spain are in red alert due to the extreme heat as the temperature in many places exceded 40ºC yesterday.
The current heatwave, which will make the effects of the drought in Spain even worse than they already are, has been caused by the arrival of air currents from Africa which have caused a rise in temperature throughout the Pensinsula, even northern regions such as Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, according to Civil Protection.
The weather forecast is for the high temperatures to continue until the end of the week and the worst affected areas are in central and south-east Spain where temperatures will remain over 40 degrees until the weekend.
Civil Protection yesterday issued a statement advising people in Spain to try and stay in shaded, ventilated places, to drink plenty of water and eat fresh food and to wear light clothing and hats to protect themselves from the sun.
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