How will the heatwave in Europe affect Love Island?

As a life-threatening heatwave sweeps across Europe, locals and holidaymakers alike in countries like Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey have been warned of the scorching temperatures.

While some people rush to cancel their holidays, others are going ahead with their plans – however questions have also arisen about what is happening with the Love Island contestants as they continue filming the reality series in Mallorca.

The Spanish island is currently subject to a red alert, with forecasts of up to 43 degrees in place for Tuesday.

The Foreign Office has issued warnings of extreme temperatures for both Spain and Greece, where wildfires have been raging, however the official UK advice stops short of warning against travel to the affected Mediterranean countries.

While contestants on the reality series usually jump at the chance to enjoy the sunny weather, in 2023 the summer temperatures have been rocketing.

The series’ final is rapidly approaching, but amid questions about the welfare of contestants as the cameras continue to roll – what is the latest news on how things are proceeding?

Where is Love Island being filmed?

After filming the last series of the show in South Africa, Love Island is back filming in Mallorca for the summer series.

It can be found near Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in Mallorca, where a new villa was built for the 2022 series.

This is the fourth iteration of the villa, with the previous filming location also being found in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar.

The original villa – for Celebrity Love Island – was located in Fiji on Armstrong Island, while the villa used from 2015 to 2016 was in Ses Salines, Mallorca.

How is the heatwave affecting the island of Mallorca?

Spain’s state meteorological office, Aemet, is warning temperatures in the north, northeast and centre of Mallorca could reach up to 43 degrees.

The official rating is currently classified as ‘extreme risk’.

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

What has ITV said about the heatwave and filming the series?

While ITV hasn’t specifically commented on how the heatwave is affecting production, or if there are plans to stop filming at any point, it does have procedures in place to ensure the welfare of contestants.

The broadcaster has a 24-hour health and welfare team who closely monitor all Islanders during their time in the villa, while sun safety accessories like hats and sunglasses are available.

There are also areas throughout the villa that are shaded and offer a respite from the sun and intense heat.

Love Island also has a product placement partnership with Boots, which includes Soltan sunscreen and, in recent series, only SPF 30 and 50 are provided in the Villa.

Former contestant Millie Court also recently gave an interview where she spoke about sunscreen use on set.

‘We were in the villa between July and August and it was very very hot. If the producers felt like you hadn’t put enough [sun cream] on that day – they use the “voice of God” to tell us that,’ she recalled when speaking to Grazia.

‘The voice of God is a speaker that reaches across the whole villa, inside and out. The producers would shout out over the speaker, “Guys can you top up your sunscreen?”,’ she added.

She added that many of the Islanders also took responsibility and went through ‘bottles and bottles of sunscreen in there’.

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV1.

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