Spain set to swelter in record-breaking 40C heatwave this week as Brit tourists flock back to the beaches after lockdownJune 23, 2020
SPAIN is set to swelter in a record-breaking 40C heatwave this week as Brits flock back to its beaches after the coronavirus lockdown.
As Spain reopened its borders to tourists, the first Brits arrived on holiday yesterday to enjoy the scorchingly high temperatures.
BBC’s meteorologist Stav Danaos said that the mercury would continue to rise across Europe reaching the hottest day of the year so far.
Mr Danaos said: "High pressure is building on the western side of Europe.
"It's going to be really picking up temperatures across Spain, Portugal, France, southern Britain and Germany.
"In parts of southern Spain, it will reach a low 40C."
Temperatures in holiday spots such as Seville and Cordoba are also expected to reach 40C this week.
Meanwhile, visitors to the Spanish capital Madrid can expect to relax in 36C heat.
The high temperatures are a result of hot African air reaching the country.
Several areas in Spain have been issued an orange weather warning.
Warnings for intense heat have been issued in Madrid Extremadura, Castilla y Leon, Castilla La Mancha, and Andalucia.
This news comes as Brits continue to arrive in Spain after months of a foreign ban imposed as a way of stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Tourists jetting to the Costas said they were looking forward to hitting the beach in soaring temperatures as they got off their planes.
But despite the number of Brits arriving into Spain, the Foreign Office still warns against all-non essential travel abroad.
A spokesperson said: “We know people want to start travelling again but it’s important to stress that our advice has not changed.
"We currently advise against all but essential travel globally as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
"We are closely monitoring the situation in each country and are regularly updating our travel advice in accordance with the risk to British travellers.
“Anyone thinking about travelling should check the FCO’s Travel Advice pages and sign up for country-specific alerts so they are notified immediately when our advice changes.”
Spain is not making travellers have Covid-19 tests but are testing their temperatures using infra-red cameras as part of a triple check which also involves recording their holiday addresses so they can easily locate and track them if necessary.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez confirmed late Sunday that British travellers would not be made to quarantine despite the UK still making people arriving self-isolate.
She said she was lifting the threat of quarantine out of “respect" for the 410,000 Brits who own a second home in Spain.
Spain received around 100 flights from the EU yesterday three months after the British exodus from the UK’s favourite holiday destination.
They included an early-morning Ryanair flight from Manchester to Alicante on the Costa Blanca.
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