Heatwave alert issued by Canary Islands government

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HOLIDAY HOTSPOT: Canary Islands heatwave alert


THE government of the Canary Islands has issued a heatwave alert for the Spanish holiday hotspots of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

High temperatures in the range of 34 to 38º Celsius are being forecast.

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The 112 emergency services have issued advice to holidaymakers to help them cope better with the unseasonably high temperatures.

  • Protect yourself from sun and heat.
  • It is recommended to stay in places shaded from the sun and in the cooler rooms of the house. During the hours of sunlight, keep the blinds down.
  • Open the windows of the house overnight to cool it down.
  • Where needed, use fans or air conditioning to cool the environment.
  • Be careful when changing environments, sudden temperature changes might affect you.
  • On the street, avoid direct sunlight. Wear a cap or a hat, lightweight, light coloured clothing.
  • Try to walk through shaded areas or use an umbrella for protection. Relax in cool places or in enclosed places that are air-conditioned.
  • Always carry water and sip frequently.
  • Do not leave children or elderly people inside a closed car.
  • Avoid strenuous activities in the central hours of the day, when it is usually hottest.
  • Take light meals and refreshments rich in water and mineral salts, such as fruits and vegetables, which help to replenish salts lost by sweating.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Avoid large, hot, calorific meals.
  • Help others. If you know sick or old people who live alone, go to visit them once a day.
    Consult your doctor if you are taking medication that can influence your body’s ability to regulate your temperature, it may need adjusting.




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