UK holidaymakers urged to 'stay inside' and 'avoid alcohol' amid severe heat warning

UK tourists in Spain and Portugal warned 'avoid alcohol' and 'stay indoors til 5pm'
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UK holidaymakers heading to Spain and Portugal are being cautioned as a scorching heatwave is expected to hit the popular destinations. With temperatures predicted to soar to a blistering 40C in the coming days, tourists are advised to stay vigilant.

Spain's official weather agency, Aemet, has put out heat warnings, indicating that the sweltering conditions will last for several days. Over in Portugal, health authorities in Lisbon are urging people to drink plenty of water or natural fruit juices without added sugar.

Warnings have been issued to expats, tourists, and locals alike to steer clear of alcohol and to avoid being in the sun from 11am to 5pm. An IPMA representative noted: "The trend points to a small drop in temperature values during the weekend, however, maximum values should still remain high in the following days."

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Jesus Riesco, Director of the State Meteorological Agency in Malaga, pointed out that the temperatures are "above the 1991-2020 climatological reference period."

He remarked: "It's not unusual for Malaga...but the key will be the intensity of the heat.", reports Birmingham Live.

Looking ahead to September, Riesco expressed a more positive outlook, suggesting that "some DANAs (low-pressure systems) could bring intense precipitation."

Meanwhile, the highest temperatures are expected to continue rising along the western Mediterranean coast, with little change anticipated elsewhere in Andalucia.

The state weather agency has issued a warning: "We have a week ahead of us with hardly any rainfall throughout the region and with temperatures significantly above normal for the time of year, although with a probable drop at the weekend,".

Meteored, a specialised meteorology portal, concurred: "In the coming days Spain will be crossed by several waves or troughs and ridges, so we are not going to talk about a monotonous weather situation more typical of the summer months", it cautioned.

Ruben del Campo, the Aemet spokesperson, stated: "Temperatures will rise over the next few days to around 40C on Friday in the Guadalquivir valley," He further added: "Looking ahead to the weekend, there is likely to be a drop in temperatures which will end up being generalised, but which will be more marked in the north of the Spanish mainland. Even with this drop in temperatures, a good part of the south of the country will continue to exceed 34C".

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