The heat is on — so don’t skip the siesta

The heat is on, and a Spanish town is taking its afternoon siesta seriously.

The heat is on — so don’t skip the siesta

Every summer day in Ador, a small farming town in eastern Spain, a policeman reads out a town hall proclamation recommending that locals observe the traditional siesta period between 2pm and 5pm.

The advice, given over a loudspeaker system, encourages people to keep children indoors and turn down the volume of TV sets and music equipment.

Mayor Joan Faus said, although not compulsory, the town hall strongly recommends locals stay indoors because “at that time of day, it is dangerous to be outside” because of the summer heat.

Spain has endured two heatwaves already in July, with temperatures exceeding 40C in some areas. In the region of Ador, which has some 1,400 inhabitants, the summer heat is often unbearable, Faus said.

“From 11am onwards you can’t be in the street or out in the field. All you can see are snakes and lizards and other nasty creatures. The heat is suffocating.”

The siesta, or afternoon nap, is a famous Spanish tradition, though the custom has largely been lost in major cities. In the countryside, however, it is still common, especially in summer.

Faus said town authorities and other nearby municipalities have been issuing the recommendations for years.

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