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La Concha beach in San Sebastian crowded with people in July 2021. Manuel Balles via Alamy

Spain swelters in ‘unbearable’ heatwave as drought drives up olive oil prices

Health officials are considering bringing in a heat prevention plan two weeks early.

SPAIN IS SWELTERING in summertime temperatures with highs of 38.8 degrees in the southern Guadalquivir Valley, the country’s national weather service said.

Health officials are considering bringing in a heat prevention plan two weeks early to help regions respond to the unseasonably warm weather conditions.

The State Meteorological Agency in Spain said temperatures are “exceptionally high” for April because of a mass of very warm and dry air coming from North Africa.

With a long weekend coming up, beaches are packed along the coast.

Residents who could not get away from Spain’s inland capital, Madrid, are less lucky.

Loli Gutierrez, who is in her 70s, said she is worried about what conditions will be like when summer comes.

“This is already unbearable”, she told.

“We are only in April. If this happening in April, how is it going to be June?”

Last year was Spain’s hottest and sixth driest since records began, despite the presence of weather phenomenon La Nina, which slightly dampened global average temperatures.

The Spanish government has requested emergency funds from the European Union to support farmers amid extreme drought conditions in the country’s agricultural heartlands, including the Guadalquivir Valley.

The world’s biggest exporter of olive oil, Spain is also an important producer of fruits and vegetables for the European market.

The drought has already driven up prices of Spanish olive oil to record levels.

Currently, 27 per cent of Spanish territory is classified as in a drought “emergency” or “alert”, according to the Ecological Transition Ministry, and water reserves are at 50 per cent of capacity nationally.

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