- Title: Delivery drivers feel the heat as temperatures soar in Cordoba
- Date: 14th August 2021
- Summary: CORDOBA, SPAIN (AUGUST 14, 2021) (REUTERS) THERMOMETER MARKING 51 DEGREES CELSIUS (123.8 FAHRENHEIT) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE TAKING PICTURE OF THERMOMETER VARIOUS OF DELIVERY RIDERS DRIVING MOTORBIKES (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DELIVERY DRIVER JOSE CAMACHO, 30, SAYING: "This heat is incommensurable, it is too hot, keep in mind that when we get to the restaurant we have to take off our helmet, put it on, and every time we take it off it is dripping sweat, a tremendous heat, it is already the second time that I have started to bleed my nose, yesterday I had a dizzy spell and everything, it is getting worse, this is deadly. No matter how hard we try, no matter how much we cool down and carry bottles of frozen water, but in a matter of hours it is hot, it's crazy. Fighting as we can, but it's madness." VARIOUS OF DELIVERY DRIVERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DELIVERY DRIVER JUANMA BERMEJO, 25, SAYING: "The climate change is very noticeable, very much, for example this year in Cordoba has not rained hardly anything, I think it has been a total of a week and a half (of raining) so far this year, and then the heat, every time a heat wave comes is getting stronger. 10 o'clock at night and it's 30 or 35 degrees, it's crazy. Being able to sleep is hard, on top of that the light is so expensive and you cannot have th air conditioning on all day because when the electricity bill arrives you get very expensive bill. So yes, the climate change is very noticeable." THERMOMETER MARKING 47 DEGREES CELSIUS (116.6 FAHRENHEIT) PEOPLE PLAYING WITH WATER AT FOUNTAINS PEOPLE WALKING, THERMOMETER MARKING 43 DEGREES CELSIUS (109.4 FAHRENHEIT) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE COOLING OFF AT FOUNTAINS WOMAN CARRYING BOTTLE OF WATER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PLAYING AT FOUNTAINS (SOUNDBITE) (French) TOURIST FRENCH JEAN SEBASTIEN VOILI, 45, SAYING: "We are very used to this heat, we come from Bretagne and it is very hot (people laughing in the background). No, no, it's better for the children to be under the shadow always drinking water and doing water battles." VARIOUS OF FRENCH TOURISTS PLAYING WITH WATER FRENCH TOURISTS POSING WITH THERMOMETER
- Embargoed: 28th August 2021 17:42
- Keywords: Cordoba Spain heat wave riders water weather
- Location: CORDOBA, SPAIN
- City: CORDOBA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Environment,Europe,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ94O5J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Delivery drivers in Spain's Cordoba battled against the heat on Saturday (August 14) with ice, blaming climate change for the extreme heat.
Cordoba, in southern Spain, is set to break temperature records on Saturday as the country face its second heat wave of the summer.
"Yesterday I had a dizzy spell and everything, it is getting worse, this is deadly," said delivery driver Jose Camacho who's wearing a black helmet on his motorbike.
Spain's weather forecast agency AEMET reported 46.6 Celsius degrees (115.88 Fahrenheit) at 1600 GMT in Cordoba airport.
However, thermometers in Cordoba city centre gave readings as high as 51 Celsius (123.8 Fahrenheit).
"The climate change is very noticeable, very much, for example this year in Cordoba has not rained hardly anything," said another delivery driver, Juanma Bermejo.
"Every time a heat wave comes is getting stronger," he added.
Currently, the national record is held by the 46.9 Celsius degrees recorded at Cordoba airport on July 13, 2017, according to Spain's weather forecast agency AEMET.
The second heat wave of the summer forced Spaniards to avoid midday hours in the sun and look for water to refresh themselves.
Spain's second bout of extreme heat of the year is forecast to spread south during the weekend before easing on Monday (August 16).
(Production: Mariano Valladolid, Jon Nazca, Elena Rodriguez)
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