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.

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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