Enter the Heat

FAM, Leganés

Enter the Heat

Warm view of the center of the Leganés campus from the balcony outside our class room.

Today at 17:30 while I was walking home from class, the temperature here was (according to the display outside the mall) 33°C. I suspect it was warmer than that in the sun. And people tell me this is nothing, “just wait”. Well I don’t need to wait this is hot enough. Getting enough water is obviously the main concern, because I lose a lot of it into my shirt and backpack. I’ve started carrying a 75 cl bottle filled with water to class.

On the positive side of things, I’ve yet to get a sunburn in spite of all the hot, sunny weather. I have been keeping my skin hydrated with moisturizers and I have some sun screen at SPF 30 that I can use for any longer excursions. Walking to and from school and back home for lunch puts me outside for an average of 80 minutes each day – more if I go out somewhere afterwards, but that doesn’t happen a whole lot. The walk to school at 9:30 is quite respectable, but the journeys at 13:00, 14:30 and 17:00 are often unbearable. I have also managed to squeeze a bit of a light tan out of my delicate programmer’s skin. I suspect that I will be more tanned this summer than last year – and I didn’t do too bad last year. Of course this is assuming I don’t spontaneously combust in the mean time. :/

Written by Colin Bate