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Spain: 84 people died in three days of heat wave

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So far this past year, based on the daily Mortality Monitoring report, there are 3,376 deaths due to excess temperatures between the peaks of summer and winter.

The heat wave in Spain caused in the last three days at least 84 deaths attributable to excess temperature, and this figure rose to 830 during the month of June, where a first wave occurred, according to the Carlos III Health Institute, dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Health.

According to the daily Mortality Monitoring Report (MoMo) of the Institute, on Sunday, July 10 -when the second wave began-, there were 15 deaths due to high temperatures, on Monday 11 there were 28, and that figure almost doubled when the Wednesday the deaths reached 41 people.

These 84 deaths in three days amount to 112 so far this month, and according to the same official system, in the month of June there was a first heat wave this summer, where 830 deaths attributable to excess temperature were recorded. .

The worst days were June 18 and 19, when 206 deaths were recorded, according to data from the Carlos III Health Institute.

The highest temperatures were reached this Thursday in Candeleda (Ávila), where the thermometer reached 45.4 degrees / Photo: AFP
According to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), as reported this Friday by Rtve, “temperatures extreme that are being recorded in many parts of the country since last Sunday will begin to subside this Friday, but all the peninsular and Balearic communities continue to be alert to the high records that are still going to be recorded.

The highest temperatures were reached this Thursday in Candeleda (Ávila), where the thermometer reached 45.4 degrees; in Badajoz (45 degrees); and in Montoro (Córdoba), where it also reached 45 degrees. Above 44 degrees were also in Navalmoral de la Mata (Cáceres), Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), Mérida, Morón de la Frontera (Seville), Coria (Cáceres), Oropesa (Toledo) and Plasencia).

So far last year, according to the MoMo, there are 3,376 deaths from excess temperatures between the peaks of summer and winter .

Red alert for extreme heat in England

The British Meteorological Office (Met Office) issued a “red alert” this Friday due to the unusual and extreme temperatures that are forecast in much of England for the next week, which could be an unprecedented heat wave as temperatures They could reach 40 degrees Celsius. It is the first time an extreme heat warning has been issued, although the warning system has only been added since 2021.

The highest temperature recorded in the UK was 38.7 degrees Celsius in the city of Cambridge in 2019. Now, it has been warned that the heat wave could cause travel and infrastructure disruptions in London, central and northern parts of the country to Manchester and York . Meanwhile, in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, temperatures will exceed 30 degrees Celsius.

Due to this situation, the meteorological agency warned that important changes in work practices and daily routines will be required .

According to BBC Weather presenter Matt Taylor, there is a “high probability” that the UK record will be broken. While he said it is not guaranteed, it is the first time there has been a real chance of reaching 40 degrees in the United Kingdom.

“It’s exceptionally hot, it’s the kind of temperatures you can deal with if you’re on holiday, but in everyday life it can have a serious impact on health and we’re likely to see transport and energy consequences next week as well.” highlighted the presenter. In this sense, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned of the pressure that hospitals may have, while the Government’s Cobra emergency committee held a meeting yesterday to prepare for this heat wave.

The Met Office said the hot weather was caused by high pressure over the UK and hot air flowing in from southern Europe, where a heat wave sweeping across the European continent is sparking wildfires in Portugal, France. and Spain .

The world has already warmed by around 1.1 degrees Celsius since the second half of the 18th century, and experts predict that temperatures will continue to rise unless governments cut emissions. And in the case of the United Kingdom, it has been experiencing maximum temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius for the last week, something unusual that is making traveling on the British capital’s subways a nightmare for passengers, due to the lack of air conditioning in most lines.

Transport for London (TFL) advises avoiding traveling on the tube or carrying a bottle of water to withstand the time it takes to travel underground.

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