August 8, 2022

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A relative climate truce in Spain, but the fires continue

Although levels above 40 degrees Celsius, especially in Andalusia and more severe in Córdoba, eased somewhat this Tuesday, forecasts are that summer will remain very hot, averaging 37 degrees for the rest of the week.

Extremadura, Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla-e-Leon are still on yellow alert, while the Canary Islands and Andalusia have activated the orange because of their maximum 40 degrees in the southwest.

There are also risk warnings (in yellow) for possible storms that could bring hail in Aragon, Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid, according to the state meteorological agency (Aemet).

Other communities where thermometers can be seen shooting are the Canary Islands, with forecasts ranging from 37 to 38 degrees; Córdoba again, along with the Andalusian capital, Seville, with records approaching 40 degrees.

A few days ago, the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, referred to the panorama of the climate emergency that Europe and the world are currently experiencing, as a result of heat waves and fires.

The situation is fatal, Sanchez commented, “but ignorance and denial in the face of scientific evidence and the deadliest citizens, as many people in the rural world can prove it.”

Specifically, right-wing and far-right officials who make up the Castilla y León government team have accused environmentalists of facilitating the fires with their “extreme measures” and raised doubts about global warming.

As a result of the second heat wave that ended last week, more than a thousand deaths were recorded in Spain, in addition to other cases of emergency teams or individual citizens who lost their lives while trying to control various disasters in the Iberian forests. Nation.

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