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Where are you all and how is everyone coping?
We are heading for the northern ( well above Lisbon) coast of Portugal this weekend and are hoping to avoid as much of the heat as possible. We were going directly overland from here in Catalunya to Guarda area, but have decided it’s going to be far to hot for me and our old dog.
So we are goi g to make a mad run up to the Northern spanish coast which is forecast cooler and then head across...
How do others cope with the extreme heat, we don’t have aircon and although our van is very well insulated it still gets incredibly hot inside...
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Two small 12 volt fans. A wet cold flannel. Cutting out most of the sightseeing we’d planned. Eating salads and eating later. Rehydrating salts in our water beakers. Stopping by the sea and going for regular dunks. Driving in the heat of the day with aircon on full.
Washing has increased as changing t shirts daily and bedding more often.

Dogs - Corrie seems fine and will sunbathe at 35C. Oscar’s had another fur chop and I wrapped a damp towel under his harness. I need to test pavement temperatures so they do t burn their paws!

But give me this heat over rain and grey skies any time.… James just heard me dictate this and gave a prompt ‘NO hailstones would be nice’’. He would rather it was much cooler.

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Lucky you having aircon when you’re driving 😿 we don’t have it, a small 12v fan on the dash is our lot. I’ve bought a cooling mat for our old girl , I wasn’t sure if she’d take to it but she has and it seems to help . So does a sprinkle with a watering can..
Instead of tootling inland Portugal we will now stay very close to the coast too for those Atlantic breezes...
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Worrying about their paws on the heat from tarmac and stones.
Stupidly left our cooling mat at home as Oscar never used it. He would have now! Currently 35c and real veal 40c. With cab aircon
the only way to keep cool is to drive. Fortunately-5 hrs today as heading back up Sardinia to a campsite - aged ps arriving tomorrow ... yay!

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Yes, we can’t take our girl out during the afternoon till it gets cooler because of the tarmac, poor dogs here some people just don’t understand about the pavements!
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hi 

last summer we drove to germany when it was really hot and we promised ourselves that we would get aircon fitted in the cab to help while driving

we have now done this for just under 2k and am really pleased with its performance.

i would cover the windscreen with a silverscreen or an old blanket would help (obviously when parked)

also fans and windows open helps

if its very hot at night i put a wet towel on my chest as it does really help

keep cool and remember to drink plenty of fluids

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Well we are forecast 36+ tomorrow, I’ll be packing the van while OH is at work ready for an early start Saturday morning, we plan to be in Santander by evening it’s cooler up there.. sadly we live in an apartment with only stairs so lots of exercise for me ...
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Rope and basket out the window? No, you need two for that and OH at work. You’ll ache with al, that carrying ... at least it is takin stuff down rather than up!
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Yes and I’m struggling with sciatica this week... lots of cream and paracetamol for me I think..worth it once we get on the move though...
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When we had Barney and Betsy the heat wasn’t a huge problem. - Rhodesian Ridgebacks are bred for it, so it was only once when it got to 40C in Greece that we ever saw them looking uncomfortable. Ridgebacks are not keen on water, so a dip in the sea was not the answer. Instead we just kept throwing cold, wet, towels over them for the day.

We have an ‘Endless Breeze Fan’ in the van. It worked well for the dogs and we still use it for us and the cat. (I think Paul also has one?). They are not cheap, but they are effective. My problem is sleeping at night. If the fan is running it keeps me away. If it is not, the heat keeps me awake! We leave all the roof vents open but cannot do the same with the windows in case Maud the cat spies a small rodent outside and goes to investigate! On our recent trip there has been a few places where I would have left the door open all night with the mossie screen across it had I thought she would not escape! - We have larked in some very safe areas, even though we never use campsites.

We have air con in the cab and we were extremely grateful for it driving back through Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg and France this week. To be honest it would have been a nightmare journey without it. - Even the wind with the windows open was stifling. Friends are in Tuscany as I type. They are not in a motorhome, but have driven out there in their car. It had an air con problem just dayes before they left the U.K., so it went in to the Audi garage to be fixed. - All was well until yesterday......when it packed up again in temperatures of 38C. Today they are going to have to do a 4 hour round trip to the nearest Audi Dealership. - They are NOT amused!

Have a safe trip Pat and enjoy your lovely summer holiday. I hope your precious old dog also enjoys it as well. The advantage of a van is always being able to take our pets with us.

Keep us up informed re your travels.

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Hello ..
I’m just starting loading , a little at a time because even here it’s 32 today ..Bonnie will love it, she really enjoys the van and she is a Portuguese dog after all. We have her cool mat and a watering can if she seems to be uncomfortable. The worse day will be tomorrow , the run up to Santander although our shortest route to cooler weather is still through some areas that are showing temps in the 40s! Our dashboard fan and wet towels will just have to do, it’s my sciatica I’m more concerned about to be honest, it’s picked this week to give me hell, but after reading Gertys posts I’m just being grateful it’s all iI have to deal with.
We plan to stop up there a couple of days and then on to Gijon if we can get on, it gets really busy... then one more stop off somewhere before northern Portugal .i won’t have internet unless we find cafes so posts will be a bit sparse. Hope all is well with you both xx
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This is a photo of our Daughters car dash yesterday, she lives in SW France.
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Wow!
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Now that’s hot Sylvia 🥵
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We got up to 22c yesterday afternoon.
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Now that’s hot Sylvia 🥵


When Martin was in a coma in July 2023 it reached 52 deg, registered on my Son's fancy watch, we were going backwards and forwards to the hospital, thank goodness for aircon in the car.   It was always too hot for me in July and August so most of the time spent indoors, shopping was done first thing in the morning, before it started getting too warm, we had fans in the bedroom but it was very uncomfortable to sleep.

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Yes here at the moment is dreadful, I’ve done some loading up but now me and the dog are sat in front of the fans.. I think much more will h e to wait till later to see if it cools down. I can’t seem to keep hydrated , drink, sweat, drink, sweat, drink...
Here in Catalunya the weather is lovely nine months of the year... but July August sept is horribly hot for me...
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37/38c here in Olbia. I’m waiting for Aged Ps flight (delayed) to arrive in a shopping mall ... coolest place to be. Poor J has just arrived at the agritourism... no shade and he needs to nap (hormone treatment).
I’ve been adding rehydration salts to water as can’t seem to drink more than I sweat. Sure this is helping. Found the doggy cool matin the laundry box ... freezer lady night for deployment today.

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Advice please! I’m new to this cooler mat thing, I looked at loads and the prices varied hugely so I bought a medium priced one because I wasn’t sure she’d use it.
I saw that some said put in the fridge, yet some didn’t, mine came with no instructions at all.
It’s a gel pad that is suppose to be pressure activated, but in reality, it’s just a plastic covered squishy pad... it does get cool, but obviously for a limited period, should I put it in the fridge or even ice box?
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2023 ? Silvia you’re a time traveller with doctor who then 😂😂 glad Martin got better though. 👍😎
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As I understand it, the gel mat is supposed to draw the heat away from the dog’s body. When I found mine in the laundry box in the garage, it was really really warm. So I stuck it in the freezer to cool it down. May find that it’s too cold for them to lie on now. James said he didn’t use it yesterday as the dogs weren’t over panting.
I also have a UV protection beach tent for the dogs that they both used the other day ... Oscar has never willingly gone in it before, but he did couple of days ago. They are not stupid and will go where they are most comfortable. So I reckon the mat will work.

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This is the beauty of living high up in the north Pennines, a nice cool breeze blowing, so much so we had to close the window earlier it was too cold.
Keep safe everyone, heat is a killer especially if you are not well.
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2023 ? Silvia you’re a time traveller with doctor who then 😂😂 glad Martin got better though. 👍😎


Sorry Alan, my mind was on other things, I wouldn't mind time travelling though [crazy][crazy], Martin not good today, its chemo week again, these fortnightly sessions seem to come round too quick these days.

No. 1 Son has been working on a series which will be called Cobra, with Robert Carlisle, think it will be out in the Autumn/Winter, he finished last week and it was mostly shot up this end of the Country, next one is the next series of Tin Star with Tim Roth, which is being made in Liverpool, usually made in Canada so they are going to have a bit of a shock.   Never seen the previous series but I believe it is quite good.

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How to keep cool, don't go away in the motorhome during the hot summer months [biggrin] simple. We have never left home from mid June to mid August. 
May early June-- Sept to October are our month choices and not even then if it's hot.

It was supposed to be 28° today, but managed 30°,  tomorrow 37° so I hope it doesn't get hotter than that. House all closed up and 2 big fans running.


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Oh now I love the heat came down to Cornwall to see my brother cos the forecast said it was going to be hot and sunny but it’s been cloudy and breezy I is gutted 😥😥
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