- Title: 'It's suffocating:' Super Mario's Luigi on working in Madrid heat
- Date: 14th August 2021
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (AUGUST 14, 2021) (REUTERS) MAN DRESSED AS MICKEY MOUSE AND ARGENTINE MIGRANT MAYER (SURNAME NOT GIVEN) DRESSED AS VIDEO GAME CHARACTER LUIGI WALKING IN PUERTA DEL SOL MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI WALKING WHILE HOLDING BALLOONS WOMEN POSING WITH MICKEY MOUSE MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI / MAYER TAKING OFF HEAD OF COSTUME AND TAKING A BREATH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE MIGRANT MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI, 52, SAYING: "It is a huge sacrifice, not having documents, you have to make a living, you have to endure this temperature, the truth is it's very suffocating and even more with this on top, I feel twice the temperature." MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE MIGRANT MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI, 52, SAYING: "A lot of headaches, dizziness, feeling of tiredness, you have to stop for a while. If you feel sick, stop for a while, drink some water until it passes." MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI WALKING BY PUERTA DEL SOL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE MIGRANT MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI, 52, SAYING: "When we get home, it's an oven. At night we sweat a lot because we don't have any ventilation, it's horrible, it's horrible. I barely get to sleep at 5 or 6 in the morning, I sleep a little until 9 or 10 and then I come back here. That's my daily routine." MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI TRYING TO GIVE BALLOON TO CHILD VARIOUS OF WOMAN DRESSED AS MINNIE MOUSE TAKING OFF HEAD OF COSTUME TO TAKE A BREATH MAN WEARING MASK DRESSED AS MICKEY MOUSE MAYER DRESSED AS LUIGI WALKING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING IN PUERTA DEL SOL SQUARE USING FANS TO COOL OFF FABRIC PLACED ALONG BUILDINGS TO SHELTER PUERTA DEL SOL FROM SUN MAN EATING PIZZA (SOUNDBITE) (French) BELGIUM TOURIST, CECILE, 45, SAYING: "We feel that there is a huge gap and a huge paradox. It is time to be concerned not only at the level of citizens but also at the level of countries about this problem and to make strong commitments on climate issues." PEOPLE WALKING WOMAN DRINKING BEER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE HAVING ICE CREAM AT BAR'S TERRACE PEOPLE LOOKING AT ICE CREAM MELTING ON STREET TIME-LAPSE OF ICE-CREAM MELTING ON MADRID'S KM 0 SIGN (MUTE) PEOPLE TAKING A SELFIE NEXT TO ICE CREAM TIME-LAPSE OF ICE-CREAM MELTING ON MADRID'S KM 0 SIGN (MUTE) PEOPLE LOOKING AT ICE CREAM TIME-LAPSE OF ICE-CREAM MELTING ON MADRID'S KM 0 SIGN (MUTE) VARIOUS OF TIME-LAPSE OF ICE CREAM MELTING, PUERTA DEL SOL IN THE BACKGROUND (MUTE) PEOPLE WALKING IN PUERTA DEL SOL
- Embargoed: 28th August 2021 19:47
- Keywords: Madrid Spain heat heat wave summer weather
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Environment,Europe,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ94MKN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Workers in classic Disney costumes who entertain people in Madrid's Puerta del Sol suffered on Saturday (August 14) from the extreme heatwave that has hit the country.
"The truth is that it is very suffocating and even more with this on top, I feel twice the temperature," said 52-year-old Argentine migrant Mayer, who dresses as the Super Mario video game character Luigi to make a living.
Spain's weather forecast agency AEMET reported 40.3 Celsius degrees (104.54 Fahrenheit) in Madrid city centre on Saturday.
"It is a huge sacrifice, not having documents, you have to make a living, you have to endure this temperature," said Mayer, one of many migrants who impersonate fictional characters on the streets of Madrid.
Spain's second bout of extreme heat of the year is forecast to spread south during the weekend before easing on Monday (August 16).
From Turkey to Tunisia, countries around the Mediterranean have been seeing some of their highest temperatures in decades, stoking fires in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Algeria.
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