Preventive Actions for the Effects of HIGH Temperatures on Health

June marks the beginning of when we can expect to see AEMET’s high temperature warnings, which tell us when temperatures in an area exceed the expected average. It is a control system aimed at the entire population, but it is specially designed for the most vulnerable such as the elderly, children, and people with chronic conditions.

Temperature thresholds and risk levels

In order to be able to activate heat alerts it is essential to strictly monitor temperatures. For the Canary provinces, the threshold is 32°C maximum and 24°C minimum as set by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET)

The Plan for Prevention for the Effects of High Temperatures has four levels of risk, depending on the expected temperatures and their duration:

If maximum and minimum temperatures do not reach the established threshold, this corresponds to ZERO LEVEL or absence of risk (represented by the colour GREEN).

LEVEL ONE or low risk (YELLOW colour) is activated when the weather forecasts indicate temperatures equal to or greater than 32°C maximum and 24°C minimum for 1 or 2 days.

LEVEL TWO or medium risk (ORANGE colour), is activated if the expected duration is 3 or 4 days.

LEVEL THREE or high risk (RED colour) is activated if the expected duration is 5 days or more.

Tips to prevent the effects of exposure to high temperatures are as mentioned previously HERE.

Public Health will also provide information to the media to provide useful advice and practical measures to prevent the effects of exposure to high temperatures. Information will also be circulated through www.canariassaludable.org

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