I thought it would be good to put up a reminder of some ways/tips of coping with the heat that could be useful to any newbies to the country. After being here almost 3 and a half years, you learn ways in which to cope in high temps like today (39C) and tomorrow (43C).
- close all blinds/curtains to create as much shade as possible.
- have your air con set to a coolish temp but not too cold or you'll be flicking it on and off (word of warning - when we had 2 consecutive weeks of 40C heat, we got really big bills due to having the air on almost constantly).
- try to use fans instead of air (it's cheaper then using the air) unless it's too unbearable.
- keep windows shut until early evening as you don't get any breeze through them, just warm air.
- wear loose clothing.
- keep your fluids up (you can dehydrate really quickly in high temps) - preferably water as coffee tends to make you feel dehydrated (or it does me)
- if you have to go outside (to work etc) make sure you wear a very high factor sunscreen (you'll burn in about 5 minutes flat in 40C+).
- wear a hat (don't worry how you'll look as you'll see that most people wear them).
-wear loosely fitted clothes.
-make sure you always carry a drink with you - keep your fluids up!
-try to walk in as much shaded areas as possible (in the city there are lots of covered areas).
-if poss, try to avoid the sun in the mid afternoon as this seems to be when it's at it's hottest.
Hope this helps some people! Feel free to add more to the list