Scorching temperatures prompt Portugal to issue health alert

2015-06-29 15:21

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Lisbon - Portuguese health authorities have issued a weather alert, advising the public to take extra care as temperatures are forecast to exceed 40°C in some southern parts of the country.

The General Directorate for Health recommended staying out of the sun on Monday between 11:00 and 17:00. Authorities also warned of a high risk of forest fires in wooded areas of central and northern Portugal.

Official statistics show that after an uncommonly dry winter and spring, almost 54% of the Portuguese mainland was enduring extreme or severe drought at the end of May. With little rainfall in June, that percentage is expected to rise.

Neighbouring Spain was also facing a heat wave as a mass of hot air from Africa flowed north to Europe.

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