It´s only the middle of May, and already, we have experienced temperatures similar to July and August. And although we are currently experiencing a dip in temperatures, the heat will be back with us before we know it. Summer in Spain, particularly in the south, can be unbearably hot. So how can you make it through the summer and enjoy your time in this beautiful country? InSpain.news has some top tips on how to survive the heat.
If you’re lounging by the pool or frequently dipping yourself in the sea, then the heat haze rising from the softening tarmac probably won’t be too much of an issue. However, if you have to work or live here full-time, then the heat of the summer can be a bind.
It’s not unknown for the temperatures to hit 40ºC and above in July and August, especially in southern Spain. It’s then the need for a siesta during the hottest hours of the day makes sense.
To enjoy your time here and survive summer in Spain, we have some top tips to ensure you stay comfortable and healthy.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is key. Make sure you have plenty of water at home, and if you’re out and about, carrying a refillable water bottle is wise.
Also, try and avoid too much alcohol during the day, as this will only dehydrate you further.
Don’t rush around. Give yourself plenty of time to go places. If you’re out for the day, and there’s no refreshing shower close to hand, sprinting for the metro when its 42º is no-one’s idea of fun.
Hop in the shower
Speaking of showers, there’s no better way to feel refreshed then a quick shower at regular intervals. However, this isn’t always possible if you’re working in an office, but you can always spritz yourself with water.
Lather on the sun protection factor – the higher the better. Even SPF30 allows some sun through, so its better to have a healthy glow than become lobster red. Sunburn hurts and can damage the skin causing potential problems in later life. And if you don’t mind wearing a hat or cap, that’s advisable to keep the UV rays from the delicate skin on your face.
Fans are essential
Not everyone has air-conditioning, but it can certainly make inroads into your bank account if you do. Especially if you use it all the time (plus it’s not the greenest option). Alternatively, fans work wonders, especially in the bedroom. A nice gentle breeze across your body will help you sleep at night.
A hand fan (abanico) is great for the ladies and gives you a certain elegance. There’s also the battery hand-fans for a modern approach.
Eat little and often
This may sound like a diet regime, but you’ll be grateful you’ve avoided heavy foods in the heat. Instead, cold soups such as gazpacho, salmorejo or ajo blanco, with a salad, are perfect for lunch. Tapas will then tide you over until a late dinner when the air cools slightly. Fresh fish and barbecued meats are popular with the Spaniards.
It becomes crystal clear why the Spanish eat late, there’s little desire to eat when your own body is cooking in the heat. Don’t forget the heladería, a delicious ice cream is called for when the temperature is high.
Do your housework at night/early morning
Avoid housework during the middle of the day. Shove the washing in the machine at night, hang it out and it will be dry by morning (or sooner, but who wants to check?).
As with eating a large meal, cooking is best done later in the day. When you feel like you’re standing in an oven, the last thing you want to do is turn a real one on.