It is important to stay hydrated as the heatwave hits. / FRANCIS SILVA

Weather warning for high temperatures raised to amber

Spain's Met Office, Aemet, has activated alerts for the Antequera and Ronda areas with the mercury expected to climb to 40 degrees - or higher

ENRIQUE MIRANDA

The heatwave that will affect all of Spain in the next few days will not pass by Malaga. This Friday, 13 August, the State Meteorological Agency, Aemet, has activated warnings for high temperatures with an amber alert (important risk) in the Antequera region and a yellow alert in Ronda. In both cases, temperatures close to - or even higher than - 40 degrees are expected.

For now, the Costa del Sol had escaped any weather warnings, although that does not mean that the thermometer will not register high temperatures. In Malaga city , for example, 35 degrees are expected, and in Vélez-Málaga and Rincón de la Victoria. However, it will be cooler on the western shores with 31-32 degrees forecast in Fuengirola and Marbella.

All these temperatures will climb throughout the weekend: with 40 degrees expected to be reached in Malaga, while forecasts point to temperatures of above 45 degrees in the Guadalhorce Valley towns of Pizarra, Coín and Cártama on Monday.

Large areas of Andalucía will be on an amber alert, this Friday, with warnings in the provinces of Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva and Jaén. In Seville the weather warning will be red (extreme risk).

Across the rest of Spain, the extreme heat will see almost all of the country on alerts for high temperatures.

According to data from Aemet amber alerts will also be activated for maximums of up to 43 degrees in Huesca, Teruel, Zaragoza; Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera; Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona; Navarre; Valencia; Ávila, Salamanca; Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo; Badajoz and Cáceres; Madrid, Murcia and La Rioja.