The Heat in Southern Spain in August

Old Aug 1st, 2007, 07:48 PM
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The Heat in Southern Spain in August

My family and I will be leaving for Spain in just a few days. I'm so excited!
I keep reading and hearing about the extreme heat in August.
We will be driving from Madrid to Toledo, to Cordoba, to Seville, to Grenada, to Nerja, and then back to Madrid. (3 weeks)
We will park the car and walk alot at each stay.
What I want to know is the heat a dry or humid heat? Cool breezes or not?
Please tell me if there are significant temperature differences between planned stays. Also how much does it cool in the evening? Will I ever need a sweater?
It will help me not to over-pack knowing what to expect.

Thank you so much in advance.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 08:51 PM
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The current weather in Madrid is a cool 64F/18C, at 05:30 am. The high today is expected to reach 97F/36C. The ten-day forecast looks pretty decent, nothing over 101F, when it usually tops 120F in the late afternoon. It has been fairly cool in Madrid so far this year.

Sevilla is a little warmer this morning at 72F, with an expected high of only 100F, also unusually cool for this time of the year.

It's a dry heat, but it does not cool down enough in the evening for a sweater, so you can eliminate if from your suitcase.

My only advice at this point is to keep to the shadows during the day, make sure your hotel is air-conditioned and enjoy a nice long lunch and siesta, as the locals do.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 08:56 PM
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I was in Madrid, Toledo, etc.--all the places you're going--in late July and early August a few years ago. It was incredibly hot--over 100 degrees some days. It was dry heat--reminded me of West Texas--and the heat really didn't spoil our time at all. We did end up taking a siesta from 2-5 or so each day, drinking lots of water, and eating lots of ice cream and gazpacho. Good thing about the heat: fewer tourists, so lines and crowds weren't bad at all. Bad (and unexpected) thing: Lots of places (restaurants, performing arts, etc.) in Sevilla (that was where we were in August) were closed down in August. Not so many closings as to spoil your trip--I'm sure you will have a great time. I just didn't want you to be surprised. You can check out the temperature and the "feels like" in these places on www.weather.com
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:52 AM
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Use creams/lotions to prevent sunburns. On every uncovered body part. I've seen people wearing shorts with their legs sunburnt. Wear hats, better than caps.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:38 PM
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Thanks for the dose of reality.
I think in Farenheit. I was expecting 100 F
120 F blows my mind.
We will definatly have to learn to siesta in afternoon. Hope our Jet lagged bodies will let us.

I have never been to W. Texas so have no experience. In arid places evenings may cool somewhat because there is no cloud cover.(not always)

We are bringing hats and sun creams UVB/UVH 30-65 protection. I would think that is enough. The strange thing is that these creams are probably one of the heaviest items we are packing.

Once more
Thanks so much
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:53 PM
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well, if they are heavy, leave them at home, you can buy every kind of cream here, there's even a new Isdin jellyfish repellent. In any pharmacy, no prescription required. As well as anti-acids.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:33 PM
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Sephlll,
I have lots of relatives in Seville and the weather is very hot in summer...in fact they all leave in August for the beach, as the heat is intolerable. Spoke to my cousin the other day and she said it has been a pretty hot season this year.They dont cool down much in the evenings which is one reason why the summer social night doesnt start until 10:00 or 11:00 at night...that is one of the reasons for the siestas!
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:38 PM
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It will be nice in Grenada and Nerja, really hot everywhere else. Get up early an be out and about before it heats up, enjoy a long siesta, then go out again in the evening when it cools down.

You'll be living like a local.
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I just received this from a travel newsletter concerning Madrid. Thought I would share:

Afternoon thirst-quencher. Be sure to try the quintessentially Spanish refreshment horchata de chufa. Served ice cold, Horchata is produced by squeezing the sweet milky juice from the tubers of the tiger root or sedge plant (first introduced by the Egyptians more than 500 years ago). You can watch it being freshly made at La Fábrica de Horchata. If you are a diabetic or worried about your weight, try a sugar-free version at Horchatería La Alboraya. The best fresh version, however, is said to be found at El Kiosko de Miguel, running since the 1940’s. Miguel’s is the only such street-kiosk left in Madrid, and the horchata is served without cinnamon.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:56 PM
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I ran to tell my son about the, for us, very hot temperatures. I told him about siestas.
He asked a good question.
He asked how come spanish people are not all sleep deprived?
I think I knew the answer. You get eight hours sleep. Only it is four between 2 am- 6am and then maybe
four between 1 pm- 5pm. Is this right?

Do any north americans have any tips on getting our bodies to cooperate quickly?
I've had problems in the past.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Horchata de chufa
Sounds good. Will try.

josele
Jellyfish? Is it season? In Spain is it always season? I wear glasses and can't see such things.
Do you think the cream really works?


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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Sephlll,
Yes you are right about the sleeping patterns of the Spanish. My relatives don't even go to bed until 12:00 or so during the week, even though they all work early. They go to work, come home, eat and sleep then go again. They all laugh when I tell them I am always in bed snoozing by 10:00..they also cant believe I am up by 6:00-7:00 A.M during the weekends too...they always ask what I have to do so early then ..when I go visit I have a hard time getting use to their schedule as I have never been a napper..not even when I am very tired..I am also one of those people that can NEVER sleep on an airplane
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:09 PM
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I think you and I are on a typical american schedule.
Sleep on a plane? In my dreams......
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Sephlll,

I always look on with envy on those sleeping on planes..some are out before we even take off..it amazes me..must be some good sleeping pills
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Last summer and this one as well there have been infestations of jellyfish, on occasional days only, but it is advertised with a special flag. I believe the cream to work as the manufacturer is a top one, but never used it.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:31 AM
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Sephill - you;ll love Spain, but oh yes it's hot! even though I;m an Australian and used to very, very hot weather- we had days and days over 36C just last summer, but I nver felt as hot as I did in Spain last August. It is adry heat, but cools in the evening. The heat does beat up form the pavemetn and in the old towns the narrow laneways make it very stifling.

We walked a great deal, but eventually succumbed to the heat especially in Seville and Madrid. Just rember to keep hydrated - a good excuse for a rest was a cafe stop , and pleanty of iced juices, and ice cream! We also found many historic buildings very hot, so to avoid queuing in the sun we made these visits first thing in the morning and looked for acoll, green park or enclosed area to rest in the afternoon. ( on a cautionary note, what out for pickpockets in the parks aas wes aw several incidents adn I was hassled in Madrid by a gopu of young gypsy children whilst sittin under a tree. I had to shout to get them to leave mea lone)
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oops, sorry my message posted without spell checking, please excuse the typos!!!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Key things to remember:

Make sure your hotel has good AC - not the fake kind

Similar with your car

Do not assume you can walk long distances - it will be too much for most of the day

Stay in the shade as much as possible

Always wear a hat and strong sunscreen

Always carry bottles of water and make sure you stay hydrated (drink at least a glass an hour if you're outdoors)

Drink anything alcoholic sparingly - since it can help dehydrate you

Plan afternoons by the pool - or indoors (we spent a couple of afternoons in our hotel's casino)

And even right by the sea - it's incredibly hot, there is little breeze - and everyone sat on the shady side of the pool
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We just returned from Seville, and it certainly was hot. But it wasn't the killer we thought it would be, because of low humidity. Many stores closed from 2-5:30, which made it easy at times to go to the hotel and rest. We were disappointed with several of the hotels which put us in rooms with airconditioners which could not handle the heat. They changed our rooms, though, and in the end, it was ok. We would not hesitate to return at the same time of year.
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We have been in Seville when the temp was 118oF. The heat was very dry and much more bearable than 92oF in Savannah with very high humidity - that was too much to cope with and we just existed fot two days until the humidity broke.
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