Spain: Madrilenians battle heatwave as temps reach over 40 ºC

Madrid residents struggled to deal with the current heatwave on Monday, which saw temperatures soar to over 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the Spanish capital. Footage shows the residents trying to cope with the high temperatures by drinking water, buying cold drinks, and seeking shade in the city's various parks. The use of masks has made it more difficult to get relief from the high temperatures. «I'm a bit suffocated because it's so hot, and I'm wearing the mask and it makes my whole mouth and nose sweat. The truth is that it's suffocation, especially today when it's almost 40 degrees, I'm not handling it very well,» said Manuel Gutiérrez, a Madrid resident. «It's a little tiresome to wear the mask, but it's necessary and you have to follow the measurements and put up with it,» said Cristina Rodriguez, another resident. Spanish State Agency for Meteorology (Aemet) has issued a climate alert for the communities of Andalusia, Aragon, Castile, Catalonia, Extremadura, Madrid, Navarre and La Rioja, due to maximum temperatures of between 38 and 41 degrees forecast for the coming days.

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