NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — The Navy issued a heat warning for Naval Station Rota on Monday as searing temperatures in southern Spain knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.
Most buildings at the base, jointly used by the Spanish and U.S. navies, were without power for nearly two hours. The blackout started around 1:45 p.m., the hottest part of the day. Some buildings operated on generator power until commercial electricity returned.
More than 1 million people were without power in the province of Cadiz, the El Pais newspaper reported on its Web site.
Temperatures at the naval station reached 98 degrees, according to the Rota-based U.S. Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center. The base issued a high temperature warning — which is issued when temperatures exceed 95 degrees — and warned people to take precautions against heatstroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion.
Southern Spain and Portugal have experienced extremely hot temperatures the last three days. The mercury in Rota rose to 100 on Sunday, 103 on Saturday and 101 on Friday, according to NEMOC. The center forecasts a high temperature in the low 90s on Tuesday.
Between 6,000 and 7,000 military and civilian personnel and their families are based in Rota.
The heat wave killed two people in Spain — one in Cordoba and another in Jaen — this past weekend, Spanish health officials reported.