HEALTH chiefs in the Canaries have issued an urgent alert as the temperature across the islands is set to soar into the mid-30s and more.
They are urging holidaymakers to take extra special care in the sun and not to risk heatstroke or severe sunburn.
The alerts range from orange – medium risk – to yellow – low risk.
The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has activated health risk notices between July 9 and 11 in different municipalities of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and La Palma
A spokesperson said: "The plan is aimed at the entire population, and especially designed for the population groups most vulnerable to intense heat, such as the elderly, children and people with chronic pathologies.
"All hospitals and the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC) have staff designated and specially trained to deal with and effectively coordinate services in the event of a possible heat wave, as well as the communication channels established for adequate surveillance."
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The alerts to be in place this week are:
Orange Warning (Medium Risk):
- Gran Canaria – July 9, 10 and 11 in Agüimes, La Aldea de San Nicolás, Ingenio, Mogán, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Telde and Valsequillo.
- Tenerife – July 9, 10 and 11 in Adeje, Arona, Fasnia and San Miguel de Abona.
Yellow Warning (Low Risk):
- Gran Canaria – July 10 in Agaete, Artenara, Arucas, Tejeda and Valleseco. July 9 and 10 in Santa Brígida and Vega San Mateo.
- Tenerife – July 10 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arafo, Arico, Granadilla de Abona, Santiago del Teide and Vilaflor. July 9 and 10 in Candelaria, Güímar, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz and Los Realejos.
- La Palma – July 10 in Santa Cruz de la Palma, Breña Alta, Breña Baja and Villa de Mazo.
- Lanzarote – July 10 in Arrecife, San Bartolomé and Tías.
- Fuerteventura – July 10 in Puerto del Rosario, Antigua, Betancuria, Pájara and Tuineje.
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Heatwave health advice
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic and very sugary drinks.
- Avoid the sun during the hours of greatest heat intensity between 11am and 4pm.
- Stay in the coolest areas of the houses or residences.
- Avoid sports , excursions or visits abroad in the hottest hours.
- Eat light meals
- If you have to go outside, try to be in the shade, wear light and light-colored clothing, hats or caps and sunglasses.
- Be careful with medications, especially those that must be in the
- In the event of presenting any symptoms associated with heat such as headaches, dizziness, cramps, general malaise, a sensation of suffocation due to heat, fatigue or exhaustion, call 112.
Just last month, parts of Spain faced the worst heatwave in 20 years with 43C temperatures and huge wildfires.
The rare heatwave was described as the "most intense for mid-June of at least the last 20 years," by Rubén del Campo, spokesman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
Wildfires in southern Spain forced the evacuation of nearly 3,000 people near the city of Málaga.
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