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Popular resorts prepare for thermal dome, tourists urged to flee

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A “strong and durable thermal dome” was promised to tourists in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the temperatures under this “dome”, which was collected by the hot wind from Africa, can reach 45 degrees beyond the limit for humans. Tourists vacationing in Spain and France were warned about this in particular – there are chances that these countries will set a record for the hottest temperatures. Accordingly, tourists were urged to escape from such crazy heat as possible, and above all – not to go out during the day.

Forecasters predict that a heat wave will begin to fill southwestern Europe from the Sahara and gradually spread to all of Western Europe this week. As a result, a “strong and persistent” thermal dome should capture France and Spain. June could be the hottest in at least 30 years.

Extreme heat has already intensified in the Iberian Peninsula over the weekend as Spain, as well as Portugal, Morocco and Algeria, experienced heat waves in excess of 40 degrees. An orange weather warning was issued for Andalusia, where temperatures reached 44°C.

It is expected that in the coming days the heat will spread to France and intensify even more. The most tense conditions are still expected on the Costa del Sol, the Balearic and Canary Islands. The heat will stay at least until the end of the week. By the way, the highest temperature recorded in Spain was last August in Andalusia – and it exceeded +47 degrees.

Tourists are strongly advised to observe all measures against the sun. Wear light-colored clothing made from natural fabrics, do not go out during the daytime, and use sunscreen.

In general, as meteorologists predict, temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius are likely throughout the Mediterranean, and in some places even higher. The most stressful conditions are expected on the Costa del Sol, the Balearic and Canary Islands. Moreover, extreme heat can last until the end of the week, which means tourists will have a hard time.

Vacationers are urged to take preventive measures to protect themselves. For example, stay at home during the hottest hours, visit the beaches only early in the morning or closer to sunset, drink more clean water, wear light-colored clothes, hats and sunscreens of at least SPF 50.

Tourists have also been warned that summer 2022 is generally expected to be hot, with temperatures warmer than usual also in July and August – the probability of an extremely hot summer in the Canary Islands and northwest Spain is 60% and 70% in the rest of mainland Spain and Balearic Islands.

Recall that earlier the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) warned tourists about the peak of the heat wave: residents and tourists are in real danger. The temperature in the resorts of Egypt and Cairo can go over 40 degrees. Actually, the heat that covered the Mediterranean came there just from the Sahara.

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