• Glenn Wilson
    Originally posted July 10, 2019.

    Last year, I learned the word canícula when a long time resident warned me to be very careful with all food, and especially street food, during canícula. In San Miguel de Allende, the hottest and driest season should be behind us, but we still have plenty of warm or hot afternoons ahead of us.

    This Friday begins the 40 hottest days of the year... according to the national weather service, the "heatwave", the hottest period of the year that will last from 12 July to 20 August. In some regions of Mexico the thermometer could reach or exceed 45°C (113°F) .
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    The Dog Days of Summer.
    The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

    The English name is a calque of the Latin dies caniculares (lit. "the puppy days"), itself a calque of the Greek kynádes hēmérai (κυνάδες ἡμέραι, "dog days").

    Dog days

    Protect your skin, avoid dehydration, avoid heat stroke and watch what you eat.
    The Ministry of Health reports that during the hottest season of the year it is necessary to strengthen hygiene in food, since there is an increase in gastrointestinal diseases. This is because high temperatures favor the decomposition of food. ...

    So, if you are going to eat on the street, do it in a place that you know and know is reliable, if you cook at home, remember to refrigerate food, heat it before eating it, boil water and disinfect fruits and vegetables.

    Canícula: Precautions for the Warmest Season of the Yeari

    The Newcomer's Guide to San Miguel de Allende says if you must eat raw food on the street, don't do it in April and May, the hottest, driest season of the year!

    So, maybe next year I should post this information near the beginning of April? Anyway, watch out for the afternoon heat, be careful with street food and always disinfect your produce.
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