Palma.—Yesterday, the island was put on level one heat alert with maximum temperatures reaching nearly 40ºC in some parts and the situation is expected to be the same or even more severe today with temperatures in some parts to climb further.

According to the Balearic Meteorological Office, temperatures this month have so far been between 2ºC and 4ºC higher than usual for August.
Spokesperson for the Met. office, Miguel Gil, said that the island is enduring its third heat wave of the month.
While temperatures are forecast to fall by between 1ºC and 2ºC this weekend, Gil said that the heat will continue to be “intense.” He explained that a mass of hot air from Africa is what is causing the heat wave in the Southern Mediterranean and parts of France.
But, apart from the heat waves, this August is proving to be hotter than usual.
Gil said that the minimum are on average 2ºC to 3ºC higher than normal while the day time highs are between 1.5ºC and 2ºC higher than usual.
He also added the humidity levels are slightly higher than expected and this is serving to make conditions feel hotter than they really are. Yesterday, the Civil Protection department and the Home Office issued a series of warnings for the young and elderly ahead of a further surge in temperatures.

The most important thing is to drink plenty of liquids preferably water and stay away from alcohol and drinks with caffeine.
Keep shutters down or curtains drawn during the heat of the day, avoid any strenuous physical activity and wear loose, light clothes.