Operation to handle heatwaves

One of the measures set out in the Declaration of the Climate Emergency involves making the city more resilient in the face of rising global temperatures. 

Average annual temperatures in Catalonia have increased by 1.2 degrees in the last 65 years, and some estimates based on the current rate of emissions predict that average temperatures around the globe could rise by over 3 degrees by the end of this century.

Because of this, Barcelona City Council has been working for some time now to develop measures to tackle high temperatures. Particular attention has been given to programmes for the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, babies, people with chronic conditions or people with functional diversity who have limited mobility and difficulty looking after themselves. 

Measures for tackling temperatures

Activation of the heatwave emergency plan

This is in place as a preventive measure from 1 June to 15 September, with various levels prior to the activation of the alert stage, when temperatures are expected to stay over 33.6 degrees for the following three days. 

Care services for the elderly boosted 

The Telecare Service sends a mass message with an information campaign at accommodation with services and in sheltered housing.

Energy Advice Points (EAPs) to help with heat-related matters 

Energy Advice Points offer advice on maintaining comfortable temperatures inside the home. You can get specific information on the effects of the high temperatures by calling 930 008 054, with advice offered on how to beat the heat indoors and outdoors, what habits are best during the hottest hours of the day and how to get the best from ventilators and air-conditioning.

Climate shelters

These spaces ensure comfortable indoor temperatures and operate the respective safety measures for Covid-19 while offering their usual facilities. They are particularly suitable as shelter for people who may be at risk because of the heat. 
They also include parks and gardens which guarantee cooler temperatures thanks to the greenery and shade they offer.

These places will be identified with the following sticker. 

Eleven city schools are also being turned into climate shelters through a European project. See which ones here



Work is under way to increase the amount of shade in public spaces. One example are the pergolas in the city with solar panelling on top, which provide shade and a place for people to rest or relax in. There are currently sixteen areas where pergolas with solar panelling provide shade. See them here.

Drinking fountains 

Barcelona has got 1,714 drinking fountains for people to use. You can check their locations using the Fonts BCN mobile app.