(This is the result of waiting for a friend yesterday morning. Not that bad, the neighbour's children liked it:)
So yesterday was like +34*C. One thing which helps is an airco:) I strongly suggest to my Euro readers to invest in a portable air conditioner. They aren't that expensive any more and in this manner you'll be able to keep at least one room in your house relatively cool. They aren't as powerful as split systems, but then they use less electricity. It's about 1.3 kwh, I think. Still a lot for over here, but they do make life easier when it's hot. Going to the seaside helps, too!
Don't forget to drink a lot, but no sugary drinks:) I just made normal tea and let it cool off. Put lemon into everything and you can always add ice cubes. As for food, remember that nearly anything can be turned into a salad. Pasta salad, rice salad, potato salad. I boiled some potatoes unpeeled and used a dressing made of vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Sometimes I added sour cream, and of course, herbs of your taste. I find that dill weed and scallions work best.
Water melon makes a wonderful dessert. We also ate ice cream (of course!) and lots of plain yogurt sweetened with raw honey. It's a treat! We also bbq-d and ate out.
I tried to do most of housework and shopping (and entertaining) before midday.. Most of the time I kept the airco in a ventilator mode, to save energy, but I discovered that pouring water down your neck and wetting your arms and face works. I also discovered, I don't really appreciate southern climate all that much:)
How do you cope with heat? Feel free to share!!!