According to reports temperatures in Britain could reach 39 degrees C today (well that is according to the Sun). Temperatures here are forecast at a more moderate 32 - 33 with some light cloud.
If Britain is going to have these heatwaves on a regular basis then maybe it's time to start adopting a more Mediterranean way of dealing with weather. Typically we British are caught unawares by heatwaves and adapt very slowly to them. The main problem is that, as a nation, we don't dress and regulate our lives according to the weather.
In the short time that we have been here in Spain we have learnt:-
1 Wear as little as possible and keep the clothes loose
2 Do as little as possible particularly outdoors
3 Keep out of the sun during the middle of the day
4 Close the shutters or curtains to keep the heat out on the sunny sides of the house
5 At the same time open windows and doors on the cool side to let a breeze blow through
5 Install air conditioning and or ceiling fans
Of course we have the advantage that all cars, buses and trains are air conditioned as is any shop which wants customers. There are plenty of areas of shade particularly around bars and restaurants and we have a siesta in the middle of the day.
Come on Britain gear up to the sun - dig up those oaks and plant some palm trees.