Spain offers SMS heat wave alerts
May 31st, 2005

The southern Spanish region of Andalucia is to send text messages to residents sensitive to high temperatures warning them of any extremely hot spell, regional health officials said, reports the AFP via Slashphone.

“The scheme particularly targets the elderly and the infirm living alone, as well as to parents of children aged under four, health authorities said, although others can also ask for the service.

In the southern city of Cordoba, for example, residents would be sent a text warning as soon as temperatures hit 41 Celsius (105.9 Fahrenheit).

The Spanish government foresees a slightly hotter summer than last year, when the health ministry logged 39 heat-related deaths.”

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