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Surviving Andalusia in Summer

So it's getting to that time of year where the majority of Spaniards leave Sevilla for the summer and its' intense heat. However, if you are someone who is not exactly used to this level of heat and you are reading this wishing you were in a refreshingly cool pool even if it's meant for toddlers, continue reading for our top 8 tips on how to survive a summer in one of the warmest areas in Europe.

Load up on your sunscreen - for those of you who's skin isn't used to the harsh rays, the first thing on your to-do list is buy sun lotion of a reasonable SPF especially if looking like a traffic light is not exactly your thing.

Stay single - This one might be slightly complicated as we all know that sharing a bed can be lovely, however when the heat really hits, all you will want to do is starfish on your bed without a special someone who doubles as a radiator laying by your side.

Invest in Air Conditioning - Fans and air conditioning will become your best friend. Because of Andalusia's geographic location, there's a strong influence of air masses coming from the Sahara desert which can sometimes make the heat completely unbearable. Not only this but as you can already tell, there are no mountains nearby meaning the warm air can roam freely meaning temperatures can reach up to 45 degrees. So, if you're feeling slightly more Sevillan, why not get yourself a beautiful hand-fan for when you're touring around the streets of Sevilla?

Keep yourself cool - the easiest way to cool yourself down is to apply ice packs or cold towels to pulse points which are at your wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, groin and lastly behind the knees. So if you are lacking air conditioning, try this out to chill out super fast.

DIY - Ice could be a life saver, in this case, make your own air conditioner by placing a bowl filled with ice in front of a fan in order to create a cooling mist instead of a warm breeze.

Oversize-it - When you go shopping, make sure to treat yourself to clothing with a loose-fit and light material both in weight and colour. In other words, avoid wearing black at all costs as all it does is absorb the heat and the last thing you want to be is a walking sweatband.

HYDRATE - one of the most important things you could do above all is maintain your fluids topped up. The best thing you could do is keep a bottle of water with you at all times and keep topping it up when you can as walking around means you sweat a lot too and dehydration along with the strong sun causes some terrible headaches that everyone is better off without. Watch out for the fountains all around the city too!

Mad Hatter - Wearing a hat when the sun is at its' highest point is also a great idea to avoid any chance of a heat stroke as direct sunlight can be very dangerous. For the girls out there this also gives you a great excuse to go shopping for that hat you've always been afraid to buy, so why not?

Lastly, make the most of the summer weather, for a lot of us who live in the northern regions the sun can be seen on a rare occasion so try out all these tips in order to take advantage of the beautiful days here in Sevilla!

See you on Friday!