The elderly, children, the chronically ill and people who work outdoors are always the most vulnerable when a heat wave arrives. That is why the Balearic Islands Emergency Department (112) is recommending precautions against the high temperatures forecast for today, which are expected to last until tomorrow, Wednesday.
Prevention in the face of the high temperatures forecast for today.
The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) warns of the onset of a heat wave, the third so far this summer, and decrees a RED ALERT for high temperatures for today. Maximum temperatures of 40 to 43 °C are expected in the interior and northeast of Mallorca. In the rest of the areas, maximum temperatures of 37 to 40 °C are expected (ORANGE ALERT). Extreme temperatures are also expected in Menorca, especially in the north of the island, where highs of 39 to 41 °C (ORANGE ALERT) could be recorded. As for the Pitiüses, temperatures are expected to be lower than in the rest of the islands, even so, maximum temperatures will be between 34 and 38 °C, occasionally 39 °C in the interior of Eivissa (YELLOW ALERT).
The AEMET has warned of the entry of this mass of very warm air that will also result in high night-time temperatures, known as “tropical nights”. However, the Severity Index of the METEOBAL plan continues to be IG1 for the islands of Mallorca and Menorca and IG0 for Eivissa and Formentera, because this significant rise in temperatures is a one-off event that will only affect today. As of tomorrow, Wednesday 19 July, temperatures are expected to drop.
The Balearic Islands Department of Emergencies (112) advises citizens to take precautions. The population at risk – that is, those most vulnerable to the effects of the heat – are the elderly (over 80 years of age or living alone or ill), children, the chronically ill and people who work outdoors.
Preventive measures to cope with the heat:
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty (especially children and older people).
- Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated or sugary drinks.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables.
- Avoid very hot meals.
- Avoid physical activity at peak radiation hours.
- Shower often.
Wear light-coloured, lightweight clothing that is not too tight and is made of natural fabrics such as cotton.
-Cover your head with hats or caps.
-Make the most of the early and late hours of the day to carry out tasks that require going out in the street.
-Avoid doing sport and if you cannot, try to do it early or late in the day.
We remind you that for any incident citizens have at their disposal the telephone number 112 of the Balearic Islands Emergency Department.