Rising temperatures in Spain could impact this weekend’s La Liga schedule, causing delays.
Games featuring Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are among those at risk of being called off, as a late summer heatwave has seen temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius over recent days.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s Celsius throughout the weekend across much of Spain, and had already reached almost 40 degrees Celsius this week.
Atletico visits Celta de Vigo on Saturday, while Real host Osasuna. Both games will be played in mid-afternoon, where temperatures could peak for the day.
Spanish Football League (LFP) president Javier Tebas says some games could be postponed if the hot weather persists, with players’ heath at stake.
“If the temperature reaches 40 degrees we could postpone some La Liga games,” he said. “You cannot play a game of football with temperatures of 36, 37 or 38 degrees.”
“We have discussed the heat issue, not just because of this weekend but because of the previous rounds.”
“Real Madrid played their last game against Celta with a temperature of 32 degrees,” added Tebas, who expects little respite for Real Sociedad and Espanyol when they kick off the third round of fixtures on Friday night in San Sebastian.
“The problem has been that, in the evenings, the temperature hasn’t dropped much.”
“We have spoken to the referees’ committee to make sure the players can drink water to cope with the conditions.”