THE heatwave hitting Spain has left 34 provinces on alert for extreme temperatures today and tomorrow.
Temperatures should start to fall on Sunday, but will still be high.
The coastal zones have by and large escaped the worst of the heat, with the exception in the Balearic Islands and parts of northern Valencia, which are in yellow alert.
The worst hit regions are Aragon, Catalonia, La Rioja and Navarre, where there is a red alert (extreme risk) for temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius or higher.
In Aragon there are red alerts in Huesca and Zaragoza, while in Teruel there is an orange warning (up to 41 degrees), according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
Catalonia has activated a red warning throughout the community, except in the province of Tarragona, which is on orange alert.
The communities of Navarre and La Rioja are also on red alert in the central zone and throughout the Ribera del Ebro, respectively.
The suffocating heat will also be felt in the centre of the peninsula, where Madrid continues with orange warnings in the metropolitan area, Henares, Las Vegas and the south and west.
Extremadura is also on orange alert as is Castilla y León in all its provinces, except Zamora.
Castilla-La Mancha is on orange alert in Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo for values between 39-40 degrees; Albacete has a yellow warning for temperatures of 37 degrees in Alcaraz, Segura and La Mancha Albacete.
In Alava (Basque Country) and Cordoba, Granada and Jaen (Andalucia) there are also orange warnings for maximums between 39 and 41 degrees, while in the communities of Cantabria and the Balearic Islands and in the provinces of Castellón and Valencia and Sevilla (Andalucia) there are yellow warning for high temperatures.