• Glenn Wilson
    Originally posted July 10, 2019.

    Last year, I heard the word canícula when a long time resident warned me to be very careful with all food, and especially street food, during canícula, referring to April and May.

    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!

    Canícula may refer to a period of time starting in mid-July or, apparently, any heatwave. In SMA it seems our heatwave starts in April. Anyway, watch out for the afternoon heat, be careful with street food and disinfect your produce.

    You can see how average Aprils and Mays compare to the rest of the year at Weather Spark.
    Weather Spark: Average Weather in San Miguel de Allende

    Given the decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperatures, the National Meteorological Service reported that this Tuesday the heatwave began, a period of 40 days in which extreme heat is expected, mainly in the Yucatan Peninsula, the south, the southeast and some areas of the center of the country.
    Inicia la canícula, los 40 días más calurosos (sp). July 18, 2018.

    The heatwave is a weather phenomenon that occurs in Mexico and in several countries and lasts 40 days approximately. This year begins next Sunday, July 12, which are considered the hottest days of the year, and will end on August 20.
    ¿Qué es la canícula, cuándo llega a México y qué estados la padecerán? (sp). July 10, 2020.

    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
  • Reminder Bunny
    Reminder: Typically, the hottest and driest season in SMA is April and May.
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