Ask a Mexican

This week we asked: How do you handle the heat during the summer? What do you do to stay cool?

Juan Lopez, 23, designer

The heat gets the better of me, because I have to move around the city a lot. I usually skateboard but when it’s too hot I just go home as soon as I can, and stay there hiding from the heat. I try to wear lighter clothes and hats because my skin burns so easily with the sun.

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Andres Lopez, 27, student

I drink beer. People say that you must drink a lot of fluids to stay hydrated, right? There’s nothing like an ice-cold beer on a sizzling day, but not too many because hangovers are even worse with the heat. I think it also has something to do with the fact that the flavor is not sweet.

Isa Rangel, 42, financial consultant

I hate the heat, and I used to live in Colima, a very hot place. I try to wear shorts and light shirts, stay hydrated and I look for water-based ice cream, like sorbets and cold drinks. It has come to a point where I have to shower multiple times a day, only to get out of the shower and sweat some more. I also try to go swimming, but because of my job I can’t really take time off.

Valentina Vallejo, 42, shoe designer

I suffer, literally. I have started drinking hot coffee. It might sound crazy, but it regulates your internal temperature and helps your body get used to the heat. Also, if I start sweating I try not to wipe if off, because that is the only way that my body can cope with the heat.

David Goldman, 42, financial consultant

I get naked! Being nude is the only way to truly regulate your body’s temperature. Plus, I exercise, because sweating helps too, and it gets me tired enough to sleep at night even when the heat is unbearable. I also saw a DIY tutorial on how to make an air conditioner, but I haven’t gotten around to making it.

Alberto Hernandez, 28, engineer

I wear long sleeved cotton shirts and denim pants, because it makes me sweat a lot and at first, it’s really hot but once you start sweating it helps you cool off. That’s why Middle Easterners wear turbans and stuff, because they live in a very hot place and it’s the sweating principle.