The suffocating heat wave in Spain ends: 510 dead

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The intense, long-lasting, and extensive heat wave that hit Spain comes to an end this Monday (07.18.2022), after 9 days of highs between 39 and 45 degrees in almost the entire Peninsula that have left 510 deaths that can be attributed to very high temperatures.

According to data provided by the Carlos III Health Institute, in the first seven days of the heat wave – from July 10 to Saturday 16 – people died, 150 of them on Saturday and 123 on Friday. Of all of them, 321 are over 85 years old, 121 are between 75 and 84, and another 44 would have died between 65 and 74 years old.

Suffocating temperatures will give a small truce at the start of this week, although the suffocating heat is expected to return to much of the country in the coming days.

This closes the second heat wave this summer in Spain, which has been “exceptional”, especially in extent and intensity, but suffocating temperatures still persist locally, said Bea Hervella, spokesperson for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), who stresses that, despite the fact that tomorrow there is no active wave, “the heat with capital letters will remain in some areas”.

As of Thursday, the maximum values ​​will rise in the northern half and the Valencian Community, as well as in the Canary Islands, and will exceed 35 degrees in the southern half, North Plateau, Ebro Valley, Mallorca and areas of the Canary Islands, and 40 degrees in the valleys of the Guadalquivir, Guadiana and Tajo, and locally in the south of the central Canary Islands.

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