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Keeping Cool in a Spanish Heatwave
Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 6:02 PM

As Europe records the hottest temperatures for decades Spain just carries on a normal.

Sweltering temperatures in Souther Spain are barely news in places which regularly reach 40C each summer.

After spending 13 summers living in the city of Granada I have now got al the insider tips and hacks to share.

Basically it comes down to 4 different areas

  2. FOOD

Many simple choices can make a huge difference.

Cotton Clothes

Always make sure that you choose pale coloured or white clothes, avoid synthetic garments too.

Cotton, Silk and Linen keep us much cooler than nylon and lycra.

See all of my tips here:

Food choices

Any food with a high water content is a good idea when the mercury rises.

Melon, watermelon, salad, cold soups such as salmorejo gazpacho or vichysoisse are great choices.

Ice lollies are better than ice cream as they have more water content and less fat.

Skip heavy food like potatoes, oven baked meats and pastas or roast dinners.

Keep meals light and remember to keep alcohol to a minimum while the sun is out. Alcohol can accelerate dehydration.

Other ideas

Get any errands like food shopping or exercise out of the way in the morning (before 12 noon) wherever possible. Try to keep indoors and rest between 2pm and 6pm the hottest part of the day.

Walk in the shade and drink water throughout the day. Cold teas and juices are good alternatives as long as you keep an eye on the sugar content. 

Remember to keep curtains and blinds drawn in the daytime. Windows closed from the hot air. Its good to keep the sun out of home to keep the inside temperature as cool as possible.

How are you keeping cool this August?




Like 1


markmyword said:
Saturday, August 10, 2019 @ 3:31 PM

Very good advice! A lot of it is common sense which unfortunately disappears during the summer heat.
Remember that you need to protect yourself from the heat as well as from the sun; the two are not the same, though they are complementary.
Whilst jumping into a swimming pool might provide some instant relief, the water magnifies the strength of the sun's rays, so don't stay in the water any longer than you would sunbathe. Avoiding activity during the central hours of the day (as above) should be borne in mind when swimming too.

Dave11 said:
Saturday, August 10, 2019 @ 6:33 PM

Good article...

piccavey said:
Saturday, August 10, 2019 @ 9:37 PM

Thanks for reading!

marelison said:
Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ 12:32 AM

Good advices..Thanks.

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