A lot of my students have told me that the hot weather has arrived later than usual this year. I'm not complaining as it's certainly much warmer than is usual in the UK - although there is a heat wave happening over there too at the moment! The biggest difference for me between summer here and in the UK is that everything is prepared for hot weather here: the metro has air conditioning, as do most offices and flats. Not having a carpet on our floors and having shutters also help to keep the place cool!
As the temperatures have risen, the beaches have become more crowded, especially those in the city centre. If you're prepared to travel a little way out of the city, you can find much quieter ones. It's definitely a good idea to take a parasol to provide some shade though!
There are lots of great summer fruits around to help keep cool: my favourites are watermelon, cherries, peaches and nectarines. I also like ice cream: not as healthy, but very tasty!
Unlike in the UK, where people take holidays at different times of the year, most companies in Spain shut down in August when the majority of people go on holiday. That includes me, so I'll be back in September with more new posts!
Have a good summer :)
to soar = to rise quickly to a high level
a heat wave = a period of days or weeks when the temperatures are much higher than usual
a carpet = thick material that covers floors
shutters = covers like doors on the outside of windows
to rise = to increase
crowded (adj) = busy; full of people
a parasol = a type of big umbrella used for protection from the sun, especially on the beach
shade (n) = a darker area which is cooler because the sun can't reach it
a watermelon = a large round fruit which is green on the outside and red inside with small black seeds
to shut down (phrasal verb) = to close