Efforts by the local police, the Guàrdia Urbana, at the Gràcia festival resulted in a significant reduction in the number of independent beer-sellers at the first official night of this year's event (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Following the inaugural evening on Friday, Saturday night saw moves by the police to prevent the lateros (beer-sellers) from selling their wares. The heavy crowds of visitors coming to take part in the festivities in the Barcelona neighbourhood apparently made the job of the Guàrdia Urbana easier in identifying and detaining people who were illegally selling alcohol. In contrast, the Mossos d'Esquadra allowed some festival-goers to keep partying until around 6am, despite the fact that bars had to close at 3.30am and it caused a delay to the cleaning services.
Catalunya will be hit by another heatwave this week, lasting until Thursday (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The Catalan meteorological service has warned that while it may not be the hottest time of the summer, it could be the longest period of extreme heat that the autonomous community has seen so far this year. There has been a notable rise in temperatures along the coast of Catalunya in recent days and as such, Meteocat has raised its warning level to orange. It said that some towns could reach temperatures of 40 degrees between Tuesday and Wednesday, and that nighttime will bring little relief with temperatures unlikely to drop below 20 degrees in many places. The last heatwave occurred on July 23rd, when the university area of Barcelona registered a temperature of 38.7 degrees, which equals the highest ever temperature recorded here in the last 100 years.
Building work has been completed on the metro tunnel that runs through the neighbourhood of Carmel, work which four years ago caused the collapse of an apartment building (article in Catalan, Avui). The tunnel is part of a project to extend Line 5 of the metro network to the Vall d'Hebron and, as a result of the building collapse, work was delayed on it for over a year. The speed of the construction was also slow due to the heterogeneous nature of the ground through which the extension had to be built, which meant that the structure of the tunnel had to be checked every 80 centimetres, compared to every three metres in more standard developments. The extension is due to be inaugurated in September 2010; work is currently being done on adapting metro stations.
Also in the news: Thirty-one deaths on Spanish roads this weekend (La Vanguardia); Plaça Catalunya and Arc de Triomf stations reopen for three of four train lines (El Periodico); Barça defeat Athletic de Bilbao in first leg of Spanish supercopa (Avui)