Scorching temperatures spreading across Spain have killed 43 people in just two days, according to data from the Carlos III Health Institute, part of the Ministry of Health., APA reports citing Telecinco.
It estimates that there were 43 deaths due to the heat recorded in the first two days of the heat wave – Sunday, July 10th and Monday, July 11th – that has seen temperatures climb to as high as 45C in parts of southern Spain.
The institute does not yet have data on the days since, but records between July 1st and 11th show an excess of 2,226 deaths in total, with 70 due to temperatures.
Thursday 14th was the “worst day” of the heat wave so far and the rest of the week saw temperatures above 40C across of the country, a spokesman for Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), Cayetano Torres, said yesterday.
“Today we have reached the peak of the wave,” he said, pointing to temperatures of 44C in rural Seville, 45C in the Guadiana plain, and 42C in Madrid.