Castuera, in the province of Badajoz, last Tuesday midnight was the hottest town in the entire country, reaching 35º at 00:20 in the morning. In fact, the ten locations with the highest night temperatures reached in Spain in this third summer heat wave are in Extremadura, such as Aliseda, in the province of Cáceres with 34.9º, Don Benito 34.6º or Herrera del Duque 34. ,2.
The mayor of Castuera, Francisco Martos, points out that it has been a difficult night, “it was ten o’clock at night and it was 39 degrees, so we could see that the night was going to be difficult,” says the mayor, who stresses that this It is the consequence of climate change and what human beings are doing to the planet. The elderly are one of the main concerns in the municipality, with monitoring also in areas where more people congregate, such as parks, in case an incident occurs.
In Badajoz, which the day before had reached 44.8º, this Tuesday morning many older people took the opportunity to do their homework, like Isabel, 84, who came from shopping and ran home before it started. the rawest of the day. Also Manolo, 86, who was resting sitting on a shopping street about to go home: “I feel under the air and I don’t get up at all,” says this Badajoz man.
Several workers at Puerta del Sol, this Tuesday in Madrid.Santi Burgos
Extremadura continues on orange warning due to high temperatures that could reach 42 degrees, an alert that will be active until 9:00 p.m. Specifically, maximum temperatures of 42º are expected in Las Vegas del Guadiana, La Siberia Extremeña and Barros y Serena, while thermometers may mark 41º in the south of Badajoz, in Tajo and Alagón and in the Cacereña Plateau. In Villuercas and Montánchez and in the north of the province of Cáceres, maximum temperatures of 40º are expected.
The Civil Protection and Emergencies Directorate have activated the high temperature alert, where they also warn of the extreme risk of forest fires in almost the entire territory, and remind that it is prohibited to light fires and bonfires in nearby mountains and land. In fact, Extremadura has a fire active in Valencia de Alcántara, in the province of Cáceres, which is evolving favorably.
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Faced with this situation, the Extremadura Red Cross puts the population on notice due to the extremely high temperatures. Circumstances that can be serious for people’s health, so it is recommended to stay hydrated, eat light and regular meals, rich in water, limit exposure to the sun, avoid physical exercise in central hours of the day and keep an eye on the elderly and sick or those who live alone or isolated. Your emergency spokesman, Víctor Domínguez, says that during these days it is important not to make significant efforts in the central hours of the day. “Many times we think that nothing is going to happen, but if someone feels bad, dizzy or tingles in the joints, measures must be taken before it is too late,” they say from this organization. It also recommends those people who do not have an adequate temperature at home to go to public spaces where there is optimal air conditioning in the hottest central hours.
Within this heat wave, the reservoirs of the Tagus basin as it passes through Extremadura are at 61.82% of their capacity and those of the Guadiana basin at 26.24%. From the Guadiana Hydrographic Confederation they recognize that the situation is worrisome, but that it is somewhat better than last year on these same dates, since there is 1.5% more dammed water, which allows supplying the population and also the irrigation.
The most critical situation is suffered by the Tentudía, Alange, Los Molinos, Cíjara and La Serena reservoirs, all in the province of Badajoz, according to the president of the Guadiana Hydrographic Confederation, Samuel Moraleda. The most complicated situation has been experienced for months by the towns that live from the Tentudía reservoir, which has been in an emergency situation for some time, specifically since December 2021.
At the moment, measures have been adopted in the towns of Calera de León, Segura de León or Cabeza la Vaca in the province of Badajoz with nocturnal water restrictions, measures are also being studied in Bodonal de la Sierra, its mayoress, Lourdes Linares, assures that the swamp is below 15%: “we are doing emergency works such as wells to incorporate them into the treatment plant, the fact of having water does not guarantee consumption, we are in a complicated situation,” says the municipal manager. Currently, in this community in the south of Badajoz they are considering all the scenarios to see how to continue guaranteeing consumption for as long as possible.
In the spring of 2022, restrictions on water consumption were already put in place. The nine municipalities of the community suffer night cuts in the supply of drinking water after the activation of phase three of the Drought Emergency Plan. It is forbidden to water gardens, fill fountains, clean streets, wash vehicles, fill swimming pools, a measure that residents of the Commonwealth of Llerena also suffer, where water consumption has been limited to 189 liters per person per day.
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