Heatwave hits Germany, and it’s only getting warmer

With temperatures of more than 30 degrees, Germany is headed for a sweaty day on Tuesday - and temperatures are only continuing to climb.

Heatwave hits Germany, and it's only getting warmer
A man enjoys the sun Monday evening in Frankfurt am Main. Photo: DPA

Tuesday temperatures should reach 30 to 35 degrees, as the German Weather Service wrote in the morning on its website.

Only in the southeast of Bavaria, in the higher mountains and on the coasts, will the sizzling temperatures simmer down a little.

On Monday, Bad Nauheim in the southwest state of Hesse snagged the record as the warmest place nationwide with 32.7 degrees.

Behind it followed Lingen in Lower Saxony with 32.5 degrees.

The small city could be a contender for a new annual heat record: On May 29th, it reached the temperature reached 34.2 degrees, the highest recorded in 2018.

In the coming days, it is predicted to be even warmer – with temperatures from 29 to 36 degrees on Thursday and Friday.

The DWD made three maps detailing the temperatures throughout Germany, including predictions for Wednesday and Friday this week.

For farmers, the heat wave poses risks of fires to wheat and cereal fields. On Monday in Hessen, a small agricultural field caught on fire due to the high temperatures.

Just one small square of wheat remained after a fire struck a wheat field in Eschborn in Hessen on Monday. Photo: DPA

The heat wave is further exacerbating a drought in North Rhine-Westfalia, with water levels of the Rhine having sunk sharply in response.

A restaurant ship along the Rhine, which now sits on almost completely dry land. Photo: DPA

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LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market

If you're looking for the right sun protection this summer, then you should be aware that the Spanish Ministry of Health has requested that 14 sunscreens be withdrawn because their SPF doesn't correspond to what is advertised.

LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market
The Spanish Ministry of Health requests the withdrawal of 14 sun creams. Photo: MYCHELE DANIAU / AFP

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) and the Ministry of Health, requested on Tuesday the voluntary withdrawal of 14 sun creams because the sun protection factor (SPF) that they advertise does not correspond to the labelling.

The results were discovered during a recent trial AEMPS carried out to guarantee that the sun protection factor is the one announced by the manufacturers. The trials focused on sunscreens with SPF 50 or SPF 50+, especially those with very light creams, mists and sprays. The agency chose 19 products from companies in different countries, of different sizes and price points.

Only five of the 19 creams analysed provided protection that was consistent with its labelling.

Five of the sun creams had an SPF much lower than that indicated on their labels, always below an SPF factor of 29.9. These are:

  • Abelay Sunscreen SPF50 from Ab7
  • Mussvital Photoprotector Spray Ultra Light 50+ aerosol from Peroxfarma
  • Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch SPF 50 High by Beiersdorf AG
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation Solar Mist air soft SPF 50+ (High) by Wilkinson Sword
  • Australian Gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray by Biorius

Nine of the sunscreens were found to have an SPF of between 30 and 49.9, instead of the advertised 50. These were:

  • Les Cosmetiques Sun Ultimate Sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin from Carrefour
  • Belle & Sun Invisible Sun Mist SPF 50 by Perseida Beauty
  • Isdin Photoprotector Fusion Water SPF 50 from ISDIN daily use facial sunscreen
  • Farline sun spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very High Protection
  • Babaria Solar Protective Mist SPF 50 by Berioska
  • Seesee Transparent Sun Spray SPF 50+ by Cosmetrade
  • Piz Buin Hydro Infusion Gel Sun Cream SFP 50 High Protection by Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté
  • Ladival Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ from STADA Arzneimittel AG
  • Lancaster Sun Sensitive Luminous Tan Comfort cream SPF 50+ by Coty

No incidents of sunburn related to any of these products have been reported, however the Ministry of Consumption has started to investigate possible illicit advertising and unfair practices, and where appropriate, will sanction the manufacturers.

According to Weather Online, the UV Index in Spain and other Mediterranean countries is a lot higher than in northern European countries. Indices of 9 and 10 are common, whereas, in the UK, the UV Index rarely exceeds 8.

If you’re looking for extra protection this summer, a new app, UV-Derma has been released by professors from the University of Malaga, which calculates how long you can stay in the sun before burning. 

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