No let up for historic heatwave in Spain

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UNUSUALLY high temperatures for the month of June across the whole of Spain look set to continue this week broken only by occasional thunderstorms.

The whole of Spain remains on a high level of alert for wildfires – especially after the tragedy that swept Portugal at the weekend.

Madrid set an all-time June high temperature on Saturday when the temperature reached 40.3 C (104.5 F) at Madrid-Barajas Airport.

And last week also saw 44 C (112 F) recorded in Cordoba.

Emergency services continue to warn of the dangers of the intense heat and have issued information about how to cope with the heat.

Advice to beat the heat

Here are some tips which Emergencias 112 Andalucia suggest will help face high temperatures and avoid getting heatstroke.

Drink lots of water and make sure young children and the elderly drink even if they are not thirsty.

Have a light diet of fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating copious amounts of food and alcoholic drinks.

Avoid doing any sports during the hottest hours of the day. Use bright coloured clothes which allow for transpiration as well as hats and sunglasses.

Use the adequate sun protection products for your age and skin type. You should apply the products 30 minutes before going in the sun and every two hours whilst in it.

When travelling take plenty of water and do not leave anyone inside your car whilst it is parked.

If you are suffering from intense headaches, exhaustion and tachycardia caused by the heat, call 112. 

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The only relief from the higher than normal temperatures will be isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms that develop.

However, a storm system approaching from the Atlantic could finally bring relief from this dangerous heat wave early next week.

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