The Regional Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment and Emergencies has offered a series of recommendations to the population in view of the increase in temperatures forecast for the coming days, with the aim of preserving people’s health and avoiding risky situations.
The Director General of Public Safety and Emergencies, Fulgencio Perona, explained that, “although this is not a heat wave, as the parameters of maximum temperatures and duration are not met, exceptionally high temperatures are expected for the time of year we are in, particularly this weekend”.
Forecasts indicate that on Sunday maximum temperatures will reach 37 degrees in Murcia and 36 degrees in Caravaca de la Cruz and Yecla. This episode will continue on Monday, although temperatures are expected to fall gradually.
Some of the advice given by the Directorate General for Public Safety and Emergencies is to drink water frequently, without waiting to be thirsty, stay in cool places, eat fruit and vegetables and avoid heavy, heavy meals and alcoholic drinks.
In addition, it is recommended to avoid going outside during the hottest hours and to protect the head and skin from the sun. In relation to the most vulnerable, such as the elderly and children, it is advisable to keep an eye on them. Another aspect to bear in mind is not to leave anyone (including pets) in the car in the sun.
As for forest fires, the prediction of the State Meteorological Agency is that the forest fire risk index will increase until Sunday, which will be extreme in the Altiplano; very high in the Mula Basin, Northwest, municipalities of the Vega Alta, Ricote and Murcia; high in the Guadalentín Valley and low on the coast.
Perona explained that “most of the forest fires that occur have human causes and can be avoided”, so he reminded that “you can not make fire in the bush, or in the surrounding area, and that, if you see smoke or fire, you must immediately call the emergency telephone 1-1-2”.