For me on the NSW coast the average summer temperature is somewhere in the mid 30’s but can go into the 40’s. When it gets really hot there is no no outdoor dining – we will only go out to a restaurant where you can sit indoors with air conditioning.
You should leave the house completely closed with the curtains drawn to protect yourself from the heat. Usually people have air conditioning or ceiling fans – we all know it’s going to be hot, so at least we can be prepared.
If we really need to get out, we leave early so we don’t stay in the heat waiting for a bus or train. And if you have to drive somewhere, it’s best to park under a shady tree so at least the steering wheel is cool enough to touch when you get home.
Children are still in school, but many classrooms are air-conditioned and, if it is very hot, they can play in a room during lunchtime rather than going outside. When we go to the beach, we go there around 6:30 am and we return at 10 am. Or we can go there at 6 p.m. and come back when it’s dark.
Italy: Go swimming – but not in the fountains
Alvise Armellini, Rome
In Italy, struggling with a record drought in the north and where temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees this weekend in Rome, Milan and Bologna, those who can will escape to the seaside or the mountains. Those who can’t will mostly survive on air conditioning, which has spread to homes and offices in part thanks to generous government tax breaks.
Local councils are trying to help the elderly and other vulnerable groups: in Rome there are free pool passes for older people over 70, while at the hottest times of the day , volunteers are dispatched to the city center to distribute free bottles of water to residents. and tourists. At the same time, authorities are trying to crack down on people jumping into fountains to cool off: In the most recent incident, a 40-year-old man dressed down to his swimming trunks was caught twice in frolicking in the Trevi Fountain on Saturday night. In Venice, similar behavior is also frowned upon: a dip in one of its canals results in a fine of 350 euros, while a walk in beachwear or shirtless can cost 250 euros.
Spain: Ditch the long lunch break
James Badcock, Madrid