Europe might be experiencing the hottest summer ever recorded. Eight Portuguese regions have surpassed their local records. In Spain, people literally dropped dead when the temperature reached 116.6[degrees]F Hundreds of firefighters battled conflagrations in Portugal's Algarve, while parts of Greece and Sweden also experienced massive blazes.
Moreover, the heatwave that struck northern Europe in July, causing unusual temperatures above the Arctic Circle, most likely was caused by climate change, say some scientists.
"Going to Europe is not the same anymore," says Linda Greenberg, chief marketing officer of the Smart Lemur travel website. "When a heatwave strikes, travelers should take the same precautions as if they were going to Dubai in the summer, which is known for its desert weather and extreme heat."
Here is Greenberg's advice on how to stay cool when overseas:
Time your activities. Engage in outdoor activities early In the morning or later in the evening--or visit some air-conditioned places, such as museums, shopping malls, or a gym.
Do not go out without UV protection. Invest in a good, organic sunscreen. Exposure to sun in extreme heat can lead to skin problems, burns, wrinkles, rashes, and even cancer. Remember to reapply it regularly.
Wear appropriate clothing. Go with comfortable clothing in lightweight...