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Heatwave survival guide for you, your pets, your car...and your pocket
29 June 2019 @ 23:57

AS MOST of Europe melts in temperatures of over 40ºC, for those who live in Spain, sweltering summer climes are not exactly something that catches them by surprise. But with this weekend and the early part of next week at least seeing the mercury rise to 43ºC in large parts of the country – 38 provinces are on weather alerts, and a handful in the land-locked northeast on 'red' – a reminder of the usual advice about how to keep yourself and your pets safe does not go amiss.

The Red Cross has released its top eight recommendations, and animal experts have issued their own to keep dogs, cats and other creatures that form part of our families healthy.


Keep hydrated

Spaniards are reported to be eating more fresh fruit and vegetables when the mercury rises – which is good, because of the water content and cooling nature of these delicious foodstuffs, and is also a positive sign that household wealth is improving, since fresh produce and in particular fruit and veg are the first to go when you're struggling to make ends meet. But the same figures show Spaniards are tending to drink more alcohol in summer, which is a bad move. Alcohol dehydrates, as does caffeine of course, and the former causes stupor and headaches, exacerbating what the hot weather does anyway.



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