Calima: Heatwave expected to last well into next week, alerts issued

The first proper heat wave of summer 2017 has arrived on Gran Canaria, and is being felt throughout The Canary Islands.  The high temperatures are expected to last well into next week.

Calima winds from the east have brought with them a large amount of Saharan dust in the air, expected to trap the heat over the archipelago, with minimum temperatures on Saturday not expected below 29˚C on the south coast, that includes night time temperatures!

The Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has issued a yellow heat warning on the southern slopes of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura, where maximum temperatures in the shade are expected to exceed 34˚-38˚C.

AEMET has indicated that the advisory is active from 11.00 to 18.00 on Friday and Saturday and is expected to last until, at least, Sunday.

The high summer temperatures will be felt particularly inland and at the summits, which is why the Cabildo de Gran Canaria has also declared a fire risk alert, in addition to closing camping areas at ​​Llanos de la Mimbre and the nearby recreational area Tamadaba, along with road closuresto traffic on the GC-216 that provides access to both points.

The Canary Islands government has this afternoon declared an alert for Maximum Temperatures expected.

Tips to avoid heat stroke

High summer temperatures can cause real problems. Heat stroke occurs when the temperature of the body rises to above 40˚C, which causes victims to loose the ability to sweat as a result of a failure of the body’s thermoregulatory system. Measures should therefore be taken to avoid excessive heat as the consequences in some cases can be fatal.

Among the causes of heat stroke, are “the practice of physical or sports activity in environments with intense heat and remarkable environmental humidity, or simple exposure to high temperatures,” say experts.

Remember all temperatures here are measured in the shade, direct sunlight can greatly increase the heat by 5˚ – 10˚C. Always wear sunscreen.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Check on elderly neighbours, keep children and animals safe.

The Canary islands Government give this advice for high temperatures:

o Protect yourself from sun and heat.

o It is recommended to stay in places shaded from the sun and in the cooler rooms of the house. During sunlight hours, keep blinds down and curtains closed.

o Open windows in the house overnight to cool it down.

o Where needed, use fans or air conditioning to cool the environment.

o Be careful when changing environments, sudden temperature changes might affect you.

o On the streets, avoid direct sunlight. Wear a cap or a hat, and lightweight, light coloured clothing.

o Try to walk through shaded areas or use a parasol umbrella for protection. Relax in cool places or in enclosed places that are air-conditioned.

o Always carry water and sip frequently.

o Do not leave children or elderly people inside a closed car.

o Avoid strenuous activities in the central hours of the day, when it is usually hottest.

o Have light meals and refreshments rich in water and mineral salts, such as fruits and vegetables, which help to replenish salts lost by sweating.

o Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Avoid large, hot, calorie heavy meals.

o Help others. If you know sick or old people who live alone, go to visit them once a day.

o Consult your doctor if you are taking medication that can influence your body’s ability to regulate your temperature, it may need adjusting.

o For any request for information call, 012.

Use your common sense, stay safe and in any emergency call 112, where the operators speak several languages.

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