Tourists going on holiday in Spain should be aware of a new law that will leave them toasty in the hottest season.
Madrid has passed a new law which means that shops, offices and accommodation will no longer be able to set their air conditioning systems to temperatures lower than 27 degrees Celsius in the summer.
The act is part of a package of energy-saving measures, which also prevents people from running their air conditioners to more than 19 degrees in winter, the Mirror reports.
Tourists should bear this in mind as temperatures on the sunny side are expected to reach an unbearable 42 degrees. A code orange was declared in nine Spanish provinces for “intense heat”.
Salamanca, Ávila, Toledo, Seville, Córdoba, Jaén and Ourense have also issued a severe weather warning, along with Cáceres and Badajoz, which are part of Extremadura.
Temperatures in Extremadura are not expected to drop below 39 degrees until Monday. Andalusia, Madrid and the Basque region and Aragon are in yellow code.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called last week for ties to be avoided as much as possible as a measure to save energy, reports TASS.
Although the prime minister did not specify how exactly this step would help save energy, he apparently meant that in hot weather indoors, a person feels more comfortable without a tie, which helps to save on air conditioners.
“I’m not wearing a tie,” Sanchez told reporters.
“This means that we can all save energy as well. I have asked ministers and all civil servants, and I would also like to appeal to the private sector, if they have not already done so, not to wear ties when it is not necessary,” he explained he.