Scorching Heat of Up to 46 Degrees Celsius Claims 9 Lives in Spain
The heatwave that has hit much of Europe in the recent days has already claimed a total of 9 lives in Spain, who has been particularly affected by the heat, not unlike its Iberian Peninsula neighbor Portugal.
Over the weekend, the hottest temperatures in Spain were recorded in the southwestern region of Extremadura, The Local Spain and AFP report.
The cause of the death of a 66-year-old man who passed away on Sunday in Extremadura was found to have been a heat stroke.
A 75-year-old woman also died from a heart stroke on Tuesday, Extremadura’s regional health department announced.
Other heat stroke victims in the same region were a 40-year-old German who was on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, and an 81-year-old man.
Three homeless men were killed by the heat in the northeastern region of Catalonia. Last week, two other men had died of heat stroke – a roadworker in his 40s, and a 78-year-old pensioner who was working in his vegetable garden.
Extremadura in Southwest Spain saw temperatures of 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend. The European heat record is 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit), and was set in Athens, Greece, in 1977.
On Tuesday, Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET said that the worst of the heatwave had passed, and temperatures across the country began to cool down.
Most of Spain remained on red alert because of severe risk of forest fires, with a fire on the outskirts of the town of Llutxent, in Valencia, getting out of control and causing the evacuation of 2,500 local residents.
At the same time, parts of the Pyrenean region in Aragon and Catalonia received warnings over possible storms.
(Banner image: AEMET on Twitter)