Historical Cold Wave: This Is The Temperature That Can Endanger
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Historical cold wave: this is the temperature that can endanger the life of your dog

After the historic snowfall left by the Filomena storm, this week a cold wave is making its way that is causing the collapse of mercury and, consequently, dangerous frosts in different areas of Spain.

A person walks with his dog in Toledo.

After the worst snowfall of the century In large areas of the east and center of the country, the intense cold gains prominence this week in Spain. yesAccording to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), this Tuesday hstrong winds in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and mountain areas, and minimum temperatures below -10ºC will be reached. AGiven this situation of intense cold, from the General Directorate for Animal Rights, dependent on the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, they point out that it is necessary to have a special care of animals.

In a Twitter thread prepared by the institution, some tips are given to keep in mind in this cold week to protect pets. For example, yesand point out what temperatures can dogs withstand based on information prepared by veterinarians from Tufts University (United States). According to these data, the cold begins to represent a risk for these animals from 4ºC. For larger dogs from 1ºC.

The risk is raised to “dangerous” from the -4ºC for smaller dogs and to -6ºC for the big ones, temperatures that according to the Aemet forecast will be reached in some areas this week. The situation becomes “critical” from -6ºC for the former and -12ºC for the larger ones. Therefore, these days we will have to be more careful with smaller dogs, since mercury is expected to fall to 10ºC.

take care of the pads of the dogs when you take them for a walk. The temperatures that are expected are critical for animals in the open”, they point out from the General Directorate for Animal Rights. In this sense, the doctor and traumatologist Cristina Ojeda-Thies suggests in a tweet that Vaseline or creams on the legs, along with socks made of rubber or plastic, they can help them cope with the cold during walks.

All these values, as the infographic concludes, also depend on whether there is humidity relative to the environment, if the dog is acclimated and if he wears a coat that protects him well from the cold.

Regarding the cats, from the institution they point out that those of feline colonies take refuge in cars, taking advantage of the residual heat of the engines or simply the protection they offer against the cold. So if you are going to move yours (something that public authorities do not recommend for now), before starting it, it is advisable to tap on the hood so that those that have been able to be stored come out. As for the birds, “If you can, leave suitable food for birds on balconies and windows, never on the ground or the street that can generate dirt,” they point out.

cold until thursday

According to the Aemet, the Filomena storm, which has lost intensity after passing through the Peninsula, is already in the western Mediterranean. However, from the northwest, an Atlantic anticyclone will spread over the territory from Monday and will cause a sharp drop in nighttime temperatures for the next few days, which will lead to a cold wave that will last until Thursday in Spain.

In this way, there will be generalized frosts in the peninsular interior, which will be strong in mountain areas and in large flat areas with snowy surface, especially affecting the central zone and areas of the interior of the eastern half, which is where the most important snowfalls have been recorded.

Strong frosts are expected in large areas of the interior early Tuesday morning, where temperatures below -8ºC will be reached. In mountain areas and flat areas with snowy surface, the minimum temperatures can be below -10ºC.

The Aemet also highlights that the daytime temperatures, both on Monday and Tuesday, even with a predominance of slightly cloudy or clear skies, will not exceed 5ºC in much of the peninsula. In mountain areas, and even in flat areas of the downtown area, they will remain at negative values ​​all day.

As of Wednesday morning, a rise in temperatures will begin, especially at night, which will affect the eastern half of the peninsula and mainly mountain areas. Anyway, the frosts will continue in a generalized way in the interior of the peninsula, although not with the intensity of the first days of the week.