Tomorrow will be a typical summer day, that is, it will be hot and very hot, as expected on the 23rd of July, which will be marked by the designation with the polls. To counter the heat wave, municipalities collected water and fans to distribute in a large part of the 22,500 polling stations.
Not much can be done, because the national plan for preventive measures against the effects of excessive temperatures on health that the Ministry of Health activates every year between May – although it initially did so in June – and September does not contemplate any specific action for election days.
This plan recommends a series of measures when certain temperature limits are exceeded, which differ in each province, and range from 26 degrees in Asturias to 41.5 in Córdoba. Depending on the number of days that this limit is exceeded, a risk level is set, each with a series of actions associated with it.
There are no exceptional measures in the North
But after the third heat wave, short but intense in a large part of Spain, Aemet expects that tomorrow will be a typical summer day with stable weather and hardly any rain, with normal temperatures for this time, which is the warmest of the year, so it will be hot, but it will not be necessary to take additional measures, which in any case agree with the communities to decide.
Aemet’s calculations predict more than 35 degrees in the east, south and center of the country and the Balearic Islands, between 38 and 40 degrees in La Mancha, Extremadura and Andalusia and more than 40 degrees in the Guadalquivir regions.
Three regional capitals will reach or exceed 40 degrees: Cordoba (41), Ciudad Real and Granada (40).
Three regional capitals will reach or exceed 40 degrees: Cordoba (41), Ciudad Real and Granada (40). On the other hand, Donostia, Coruña, Santander and Oviedo will remain at 24 maximum.
Faced with this scenario, the district electoral councils, which depend on the municipalities, must guarantee spaces as cool as possible, so it was the municipalities that managed to find the best conditions for the voters and, above all, for the members of the polling stations, who would have to spend their day there.
All set at rest
In the north, where temperatures are expected to be very mild, no exceptional measures are planned and, for example, the regional councils in the Basque Country have not received any recommendation to mitigate possible heat episodes, and Cantabria is not planning to take any.
However, in warmer areas such as Levante, the center or the southwest, polling stations were equipped with fans, portable cooling equipment and water tanks, as Palma did.
The Balearic Ministry of Health will also strengthen the Coordination Center SAMU 061 and provide twelve ambulances to accompany people with disabilities to vote in person.
In the Valencian Community, the City Council of Torrent (Valencia) purchased 61 fans for schools and commissioned the Works Brigade to distribute water throughout the day to all members of the tables, in addition to organizing a special device for civil protection and the Red Cross that operates in case of any emergency related to high temperatures.
Madrid will distribute 2,700 fans, water dispensers and extension cords obtained by the government delegation
While the one in Madrid will distribute 2,700 fans, water dispensers and extension cords obtained by the government delegation. Another municipality in Madrid, San Sebastian de los Reyes, will adapt the stations and provide soft drinks, breakfast and lunch to members of polling stations, local and national police and other administration agents who must be present.
Barcelona’s schools are already ready, about 18,000 bottles of water (about 9,000 liters), in addition to fans, will be provided among the people at the polling stations.
In addition to the fans
Barcelona will supply around 18,000 water bottles (9,000 litres) between people at polling stations.
In Castilla y León, the city council of Tordesillas (Valladolid) has invested 3,000 euros in air conditioning and water supply schools for tomorrow. In Murcia, one of Lorca’s collected water bottles and fans to ensure the best possible conditions in the 46 polling stations in the municipality.
and in Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo opted for air conditioning units, up to 67 units, in polling stations without AC systems; Albacete has installed 150 fans in 30 schools that do not have the means to deal with the high temperatures and will distribute 3,000 water bottles, while Cuenca has distributed 60 machines, one per table.
Cordoba has issued a tender to install more than 70 refrigeration equipment in polling stations that do not have good air conditioning
Since there was no air conditioning in the wings where the polling stations were located, Huesca installed a light socket to connect fans at each of the 68 tables; In Zaragoza, the government delegation will guarantee members of the tables one and a half liters of cold water in the morning and the same amount in the afternoon, about 8,000 liters in total.
In Andalusia, the Córdoba City Council has launched a tender for the installation of more than 70 refrigeration devices in polling stations that do not have adequate air conditioning, and the two parties also plan to provide them to their auditors and agents.