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Tips for avoiding heat stroke

By | 15 July, 2019 | 0 comments

Summer arrived with a bang with a heat wave in the first weeks, resulting in orange health warnings across most of Spain, including Madrid. Although it’s normal to be hot in the summer, it’s not so normal for the temperatures to rise so suddenly when we’re only just packing away our spring wardrobe.

descargaIt’s true that everyone has a different level of resistance to heat and when it comes to tourism, the country of origin plays a big part, as it’s obvious that an English person will not tolerate the same amount of heat as someone from Peru.

But wherever you are from, these tips for avoiding heat stroke are applicable to everybody. We’ll summarise them here:

  1. Don’t play sports during the hottest hours. It may seem obvious, but you always see someone out for a jog during the hours when you should only go outside to buy an ice cream.
  2. Avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day. Tourism often doesn’t have a time frame. The hours between 13:00 and 17:00 are perfect for visiting museums, churches, eating in the shade or why not go back to your hotel for a siesta?
  3. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is extremely important and you should drink plenty even if you’re not thirsty.
  4. Opt for smaller, refreshing dishes rather than larger meals. A full stomach and high temperatures isn’t ideal as the body will feel twice as fatigued as it tries to balance itself in the heat.
  5. Protect yourself. Hats and fans are a great help, but you can also take refuge in the shade of trees or under the canopies that have been stretched across the main pedestrian streets for a couple of months.

(Photo: Telemadrid)

Categories: Madrid Turismo