Spain and Greece tourists urged to stay indoors 'in middle of day' due to 42C heatwave

Holidaymakers heading to Spain and Greece have been issued a warning as temperatures soar in the popular destinations.

Weather maps reveal that both European hotspots are currently undergoing intense heatwaves. WX Charts maps and charts, which utilise Met Desk data and are updated daily, predict Spain could see the mercury rise to a staggering 42C degrees in several regions, with the highest temperatures expected in the south.

The vicinity of Seville could experience a sweltering 41C, as could an area nestled between the Andalucian cities of Cordoba and Jaen. Badajoz, located on Spain's border with Portugal, is among numerous other places set for temperatures surpassing 40C.

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Over in Greece, maps and charts forecast the mercury to climb to a blistering 42C in the coming days, according to BirminghamLive.

William Spencer, climate and first aid product manager at the British Red Cross, warned: "Heatwaves are becoming more frequent and getting worse because of climate change. Sadly, we have seen cases already this year of the tragic impact high temperatures can have on human life.

"High temperatures make it harder for the body to cool itself and we all need to take care to manage the health risks of heat. If you are travelling to a country experiencing extreme heat, there are several steps you can take to keep yourself and others safe.

"We would advise people to plan ahead for the effects of heat on their trip, making sure they know how to recognise the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They should also avoid activities in the middle of the day when temperatures are highest.

"Other safety tips include wearing sunscreen, drinking plenty of water and drinking less alcohol. You can also help keep wherever you're staying cool by keeping blinds and windows closed during the hottest parts of the day."

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