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UK tourists in Spain warned to ‘only leave hotel if necessary’

UK tourists in Spain warned to ‘only leave hotel if necessary’

UK tourists have been warned as temperatures in Spain hit a sweltering 40C. The European Union heatwave sweeping the tourist hotspot has prompted urgent warnings from Spain’s equivalent of the Met Office.

The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) warns that temperatures of up to 40°C will begin on Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11, with the mercury rising on the Costa del Sol and Malaga. Friday is anticipated to be the hottest day of the heat blast.




On Friday, temperatures are expected to exceed 50C inland in the Guadalhorce Valley. MeteoAlarm has issued a warning for people to “stay vigilant” as the temperatures could lead to “moderate” damage to people and property, especially those in vulnerable or exposed areas.

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The AEMET advice issued this week also includes keeping windows and blinds tightly closed to prevent heat from entering your property. Other advice includes only going out when necessary and during less extreme hours, rather than the middle of the day.

Tourists should also ensure they wear light, cool fabrics, stay hydrated at all times and wait patiently for the wind to change. AEMET warns: “Significantly high temperatures in large areas of the southern and northeastern half of the peninsula, inland Mallorca and the south of the central Canary Islands. Intervals of strong winds in the Canary Islands, without ruling out the Cantabrian coasts, where a northwesterly swell is expected.”

It adds: “Temperatures will tend to increase in most of the country, with decreases in the northwestern third, and in the case of maximums also in the lower Ebro and Segura. Temperatures are expected to exceed 35 degrees in the southern and northeastern half of the peninsula, inland Mallorca and the south of the central Canary Islands, up to 38-40 in areas of Andalusia, Murcia, the south of the Valencian Community, Albacete and depressions in the northeast.”