Spain’s soaring temperatures continue with severe hot weather across most of the country set to remain over the weekend. Two people have died and another is fighting for life as a direct result of the searing heat.
Temperatures are said to reach up to 42 degrees in parts and already the heat has claimed at least two lives. A 17 year old died in the early hours of Friday morning in Cordoba. He is believed to have suffered heat exhaustion while working outside. Officials said the youngster collapsed after feeling dizzy and jumping into the pool at the property where he was working.
The regional Junta de Andalucia government said it “regretted the youngster’s death and sent its condolences to his family and friends for their loss” in a statement.
The death of an 80-year-old man in Valladolid, northern Spain, has also been blamed on the extreme temperatures. The man had been walking to a dental appointment when he collapsed at around 6pm on Thursday. Police sources said they believed he had been wearing too many clothes for the 37 degrees temperature at the time.
Meanwhile, fire crews are battling a major wildfire that probably started after a heap of manure self-ignited amid the intense European heat wave.
Around 10,000 acres of forest and other vegetation were affected by the blaze near Tarragona, according to the Catalan regional government.
Authorities said the fire likely began when an “improperly managed” pile of manure self-combusted in the heat, causing sparks.