February 26, 2024

Mallorca ‘high risk’ heat wave warning as holiday companies insist normal cancellation terms apply

As the run-up to the peak holiday weekend draws to a close, holidaymakers heading to the Spanish island of Mallorca are facing a “high risk”.

Spain’s state meteorological office, Aemet, is warning that temperatures in the north, north-east and center could reach up to 43C. The area includes popular resorts such as Alcudia and Port de Pollenca.

The official rating is “high risk” between 11am and 8pm local time today.

The IS Majorca Daily Bulletin reports overnight highs of over 36C have been recorded, including in the marina resort of Puerto Soller, with nighttime humidity that can reach 100 percent.

The Foreign Office has issued extreme temperature warnings for both Spain and Greece, where wildfires are raging.

But official UK advice does not warn against travel to these Mediterranean countries. As a result, there is no automatic right to curtail, cancel or change planned journeys.

Contact holiday companies and airlines The Independent to say that normal terms and conditions apply.

Skyrocketing temperatures in holiday destinations at this time of year is nothing new, with some British tourists happily heading to Dubai and Egypt’s Red Sea coast in July, where temperatures exceed 40C as the norm.

Under the Package Travel Regulations, tourists can cancel for a refund “if unavoidable and unusual circumstances occur at or in the immediate vicinity of the destination which seriously affect the performance of the package or the carriage of passengers to the destination”.

But unless authorities issue instructions that make normal holiday activities impossible, it’s hard to see how the rule could apply during the heatwave.

Holidaymakers with a travel insurance policy where a pre-existing health condition has been declared may have grounds for a cancellation claim if they receive specialist medical advice against traveling to a very hot location.

Alternatively, the Package Travel Regulations may help you pass the trip on to a friend or family member.

A proper flight plus accommodation package can be transferred to another person for a nominal fee of around £50 per person.

According to a leading travel industry figure, the extreme heat is not deterring holidaymakers.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership, tweeted: “As the Met Office predicts a wet month for the UK, is the heat across Europe slowing travel demand this summer? It’s not. On the contrary.”

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