The Madrid City Council closes El Retiro and eight other parks in the city of Madrid this Sunday from 3:00 p.m. due to the red alert due to adverse weather conditions, as reported by the consistory on its social networks. The decision affects, in addition to the Retiro, the parks of El Capricho, Jardines de Sabatini, Juan Carlos I, Juan Pablo II, Quinta de los Molinos, Torre Arias, Quinta del Fuente del Berro and the Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste.
The City Council ensures that the closure decision is made based on the red alert forecast issued by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet). According to the protocol of the capital, all activities are suspended and the park is evacuated once the red alert level is reached, which is activated when maximum temperatures exceed 35 degrees. Once the alert is over, an inspection of the incidents produced is carried out and branches and fallen trees, if any, will be removed.
Last June, during the first heat wave that affected Madrid this summer, the City Council made the same decision “to avoid the risks that occur as a result of the dynamics of the functioning of the trees.” As the authorities explained in a video published on their social networks, there are two criteria to start this protocol: speed and temperature. “Depending on these parameters, it has been scientifically proven that there are greater risks that the trees may overturn or may break branches with the consequent danger to citizens.”