THE Balearic health ministry has drawn up an emergency plan to mitigate the effects of a possible heat wave this summer, according to government spokeswoman Margarita Nájera, who added that at the moment there were no indications that the islands were about to be hit by a heat wave.
She said that in view of the high temperatures recorded in recent years, it is important to prevent this type of situation, and so more information will be provided and health and social welfare resources briefed.
The emergency plan will be co-ordinated with the central government representative's office, Nájera said.
The met office said that a mass of hot air from Africa is due to hit the Balearics and the Peninsula over the next few days, pushing up temperatures.
Advice given by the local authorities includes drinking plenty of water and making sure that children and older people drink plenty too, even though they are not thirsty.
Strenuous physical activity should be avoided during the hottest part of the day, and thin, light clothing should be worn.
People are also advised to spend as much time as possible in cool or air conditioned places, or in the shade.