It may seem that the unusual episode of extreme heat these days has already passed. This Wednesday, however, the thermometers will again spring a surprise, on a day when the fire risk map again paints much of the Iberian Peninsula in red. Temperatures of 30 to 33ºC are expected in twenty of Spain’s capitals, once again raising the risk of wildfires, which today is “extreme or very high” across the country, except for the center of the peninsula and the north-west. and the Balearics.
This was announced by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) on Wednesday All autonomous communities are at “extreme or very high” risk Excluding fires, Galicia, Community of Madrid, Balearic Islands and isolated areas of Catalonia, Extremadura and both Castillas.
Aemet determines the level of forest fire risk based on meteorological data and numerical weather forecasting models and classifies them into five levels (low, moderate, high, very high and extreme). According to these indicators, the likelihood of fires, as well as their duration and intensity, is “extreme” (in red) or “very high” (in orange) in more than three-quarters of Spain, it appears. On the following map, corresponding to this Wednesday, May 3:
The level of fire risk is closely related to the forecast of a progressive and noticeable increase in temperature this Wednesday, with a maximum of 30 to 33 degrees in the capitals of 19 provinces: Badajoz, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Ciudad Real, Córdoba, Granada, Huesca. , Jaen, Logroño, Madrid, Palencia, Pamplona, Santander, Seville, Toledo, Valladolid, Vitoria and Zaragoza.
Aemet predicts rain and rising temperatures during the day in Galicia, Asturias and León this Wednesday. In short, a little rain and very high temperatures, not only in the south. In fact, the thermometers will rise during the day in the center of the country and in the north, especially sharply and especially in eastern Cantabria and northern Navarre. It will exceed 30 degrees in the Tagus, Guadiana, Guadalquivir, Ebro valleys in its middle and upper sections and in the Eastern Cantabria area, while it is not excluded that it will reach this figure in the outskirts of the province. Valladolid Minimums will increase, except for the Mediterranean area and the Canary Islands, where they will remain unchanged.
What to do in case of fire
To maximize the risk of fire, from civil protection and emergency situations, remember that if you are surprised by a forest fire, you must immediately notify 112, do not enter the mountain or forest, look for places with high visibility and free of combustible materials. And always follow the instructions of the competent authorities.
In addition, they ask for special attention to the public regulations on fire prevention and the authorized periods for burning waste, as well as to avoid throwing cigarettes, garbage and glass bottles (which have a magnifying effect on the sun), because negligence causes most of them. fires. According to Aemet, the risk of forest fires will decrease for at least a few days from this Thursday.
Source: El Diario