5th June 2020
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Heatwave relents but warning remains in place

For anybody who was in Catalonia over the weekend, they might have noticed how hot it is. Although the worst has passed, a heatwave warning remains in place. The heat is expected to stay until Wednesday this week.

The extreme temperatures peaked on Saturday with highs of over 40°C in many parts of the country.
Barcelona recorded a maximum temperature of 39.8°C. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Catalonia, the mercury soared even more over the weekend. In the Ebre interior and Camp de Tarragona to the south of the country, the temperature reached over 41°C. There were few areas where one could escape from the heat. Many areas surrounding the capital reached highs of 39°C and more.

Record minimum temperatures

Both Saturday and Sunday saw some of the highest minimum temperatures recorded in Catalonia, specifically in the Barcelona and Empordà municipalities. Even in the north of the country, on Sunday the minimum temperatures did not drop below 30°C in many areas. In the Costa Brava town of Roses, for example, the minimum was 32.1°C. In Portbou, the last town before the French border, the minimum was 30.3°C. After breaking minimum records on Friday, the Raval neighbourhood in the centre of Barcelona did it again over the weekend. The minimum temperature on Sunday in the area was 29.8°C.

A woman fanning herself in Figueres as heatwave warning remains in place (ACN)

Worst over

The worst is over for now, but the heatwave warning remains in place, as do recommendations on how to survive the high summer temperatures. On Monday, storms are forecast for some parts of the country, bringing much needed relief to the ongoing heat. The minimum temperature in Barcelona is set to be 28°C. In some parts of Catalonia, the mercury will rise well into the 30’s again, such as Girona (36°C) and Lleida (38°C).

Emergency calls

On Saturday, more than 100 calls were made to the CatSalut Respon health service related to the heatwave. A homeless man died in Barcelona on Friday due to heat stroke. Since the heat warning was issued on Thursday, emergency services in Catalonia attended 27 incidents, including phone calls and victims of heat strokes. On Saturday, two more men also died because of heat stroke in Tarragona, where the temperature nearly reached 40°C.

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