Heat wave in Spain, 84 deaths in 3 days and dozens of fires: “Extreme level of risk”
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Heat wave in Spain, 84 deaths in 3 days and dozens of fires: “Extreme level of risk”

The record heat wave in Spain in recent days has already caused 84 deaths but the number is set to increase. Temperatures up until Monday. Fire emergency, Sanchez: “We are at an extreme level of risk”.

The provisional toll of the heat wave in Spain, one of the European countries most affected by high temperatures, is 84 deaths in 3 days. This is what emerges from the monitoring of daily mortality (MoMo) of the Carlos III Health Institute (dependent on the Ministry of Health), in relation to the period 10-12 July.

Already last month Madrid had recorded over 700 deaths between 11 and 18 June, when there was also an anomalous heat wave, but the figures this time could be much higher.

Available studies indicate that around 1,300 people die each year in Spain due to the heat, although that is surprisingly fewer than a few years ago, according to Carlos III researchers Cristina Linares and Julio Díaz. After the brutal heatwave of 2003, when more than 6,000 people died in Spain in two weeks, a national plan was implemented with preventive measures that are now regularly activated.

Since last Sunday, temperatures above 40 degrees have been recorded in several parts of the country, according to the state Meteorology Agency. The record reported so far was reached in Almonte (Huelva) two days ago, with a maximum of 45.7 degrees. The heat wave will not end until at least Monday 18 July, and indeed the peak is expected just for this weekend.

According to the Directorate General for Civil Protection, there are currently 33 fires, of which “18 active, 12 controlled and three stabilized”. Two new outbreaks have already been detected in the morning in Mijas (Málaga) and Navafría (Segovia).

About 7,300 hectares of forest burned until this morning following two fires that broke out on Tuesday in the Gironde department, which went unchecked and led to the evacuation of thousands of people.