Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland
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Sunday 5 August 2007

Extreme summer heat in southern Spain takes its toll

A 34-year old farmer in the Murcian town of Alhama de Murcia died last week in hospital after having been affected by heat-stroke; so far 38 people have been affected by sun-stroke in Murcia province, of whom 3 have required hospitalisation. Alhama is less than 15 miles from where my Spanish home is located.

Yesterday afternoon the temperature in Cordoba (further south in Andalucia) reached an oven-like level - 49 degrees C! The good news is that cooler temperatures are expected next week, also that public campaigns about the dangers of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and the need for proper hydration seem to have lowered casualties from last year's levels.

This is not a problem we suffer from in Scotland, generally speaking,

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