Trying to beat the heat in Mallorca. | Jero Morales


For people already in Mallorca and elsewhere in the Balearics, not to mention parts of southern Spain, they know it is hot, very hot and the heatwave, the first of the summer is forecast to last until at least Wednesday.

Mallorca was today placed on maximum forest fire alert.
On Sunday the maximum temperatures were:

35ºC Binissalem
34 Palma
34 Sineu
34 Artà
34 Porreres
34 Llucmajor
33 Pollensa
33 Petra
33 Sa Pobla
33 Sta Maria
32 Lluc
32 P.Pollensa
32 Manacor
31 S.Servera
31 P.Palma
31 Campos
31 Andratx
31 Calvia
31 C St Pere
31 Santanyí
30 Cap Blanc
30 Aerop.Palma
30 P.Soller
30 Muro
29 Portocolom
29 Son Torrella
29 Banyalbufar
29 Campos, Salines
28 Alfàbia
And temperatures overnight are not giving us much rest with the tropical nights continuing with temperatures well above 20ºC.

Extreme heat ‘disproportionately’ impacts people with disabilities - report
People with disabilities in Spain and other European countries have been disproportionately affected by unprecedented heat extremes, a leading human rights watchdog said today, urging authorities to provide adequate support.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report that people with disabilities faced risk of death, physical, social, and mental health distress due to extreme heat particularly if “left to cope with dangerous temperatures on their own”.

Some people with disabilities are more likely to have health conditions or use medication that can affect the body’s ability to respond to heat. Having to stay home due to the heat can also lead to social isolation, HRW said.

Jonas Bull, assistant disability rights researcher at HRW, told Reuters that inaccessible urban spaces exacerbated the problem. Bull said his research focused on Spain but can be applied to other nations in Europe, which according to scientists is the fastest warming continent on the planet.
The report said lack of representation in the process of developing heatwave emergency plans meant the voices of people with disabilities were often not heard and their needs not included.

In Spain, one of the European nations that experienced record-breaking heatwaves last summer, the national plan to address the impacts of climate change lists actions to protect “vulnerable” populations but it does not propose any specific measures for people with disabilities, HRW said.

HRW interviewed 33 people with disabilities in the Spanish region of Andalusia and all said “they felt neglected” during heatwaves.
Bull recently presented the report to authorities in Andalusia and said they were committed to prioritise the issue in the future.

Heatwaves led to some 16,000 excess deaths last year in Europe but some countries, including Spain, do not break down data to show how people with disabilities are affected.
HRW said data was crucial to be able to implement targeted measures, as was bringing people with disabilities to the table when putting together climate plans.