Advice to face the low temperatures in places where it is not usually cold

The low temperatures have taken by surprise to many inhabitants of Mexico, mainly in the central region, where it is not usual that frosts are registered. According to a report from the National Meteorological Service , a cold front causes states in the north and center to experience temperatures below 5 degrees below zero. This will not be limited to a single event, because in this winter season there are still 35 cold fronts according to official estimates .

The population of the central zone and the Mexican Bajío are not accustomed to extreme cold. Data from the National Water Commission , the lowest temperature recorded in 2016 for these states was 2 degrees and no sub-zero temperatures were recorded, while the national minimum average was 15 degrees centigrade.

In social networks, the conversation has revolved around the low temperatures. In Coahuila a man published the photograph of a snow monkey that he made as a promise to his mother after 32 years without snowfall in the state, while a video of the city of Real de Catorce (San Luis Potosí) covered in snow has been shared more than 1,900 times on Facebook.

There are several tips that can be followed to conserve the temperature without spending a lot of money in the winter season. Verne consulted Tomás Luna, from Guanajuato with five years of living in Vancouver, where temperatures of up to -24 degrees Celsius are recorded, and Abraham Sánchez, architect of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).

Choose your clothes wisely . More than using bulky items, what Luna recommends is to wear several layers of clothing that you can exchange depending on your activities. “An error that Mexicans make is to put on bulky or huge jackets that are sometimes very hot, but they are impractical because if you do some activity that makes you warm up, then you can not easily remove it because the weather is still cold,” says to Verne via telephone.

Collate several garments of different thicknesses and preferably natural textiles such as cotton, are the keys that gives the filmmaker of 36 years. “A shirt, a light sweatshirt and then one or more pieces on top that you can take off or put as the day progresses,” he says.

Footwear is also essential, especially if snowfall occurs. Although in Mexico, the volume of snow recorded is relatively low, there may be rain or sleet that can freeze the extremities. “Boots that are preferably waterproof help a lot so you do not get your feet wet,” says Luna.

On the other hand, although covering the head is important to maintain body temperature, doing it with exotic skin is not very helpful. “Those fur hats that look like Russians can be very flashy, but they do not really help against the cold,” says the Mexican. Wearing a knitted cap is the best way to conserve heat.

Eat healthily. Infusions and hot soups do help to warm up, according to Ángel Nieto , an internist at Hospital Clínico San Carlos. “In Canada you usually eat baked potatoes, with meat and also donuts and pretty sweet bread,” says Luna. If the person’s physical activity is low, it is not recommended that you eat fatty foods to avoid weight gain. In this case, a combination of carbohydrates of natural origin is suggested, such as rice and pasta and vegetables such as potatoes and other tubers.

Adapt your home According to the architect Sánchez, one of the simplest tips to conserve heat in a room is to focus on the windows, “sealing” them with plastic. “It can be anybody, although one that can be used is the self-adhesive type for lining notebooks. It is put in all the glass but particularly in the unions with blacksmith shop “, says to Verne via email.

The engineer also recommends not keeping the homes closed for a long time, to take advantage of the sunny moments that exist in the country in winter. “Passing midday it is convenient to open windows and let everything ventilate, but without exceeding: maximum about 20 minutes if the air outside is still frozen,” he says.

Frozen pipelines are the most frequent problems for Mexican homes, as the infrastructure of a house is usually not adapted to withstand temperatures below zero. “If you do not have a recirculation system it is very easy to freeze them and unless they are exposed it is impossible to apply heat directly (sometimes with a hair dryer you can do it if the pipe is visible),” says Sánchez .

The expert recommends emptying the pipe at night or at times when there is no use of water. “You close the main stopcock and you open all the keys, to prevent water from getting inside. In the morning you can open the stopcock and have it recirculate again “recommended.

If there is an imminent risk of freezing and the pipe is not visible, placing salt in water tanks or cisterns can prevent water from freezing, especially when temperatures are not so low, as salt delays or sometimes prevents freezing .

If you have more resources in the home, an electric heater can help maintain the temperature of the rooms, although they should be kept well ventilated and be careful of the regulation of the temperature according to the size of the room in which find

7 TIPS TO ENJOY THE COLD WITHOUT FEELING, TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO COLD CLIMATE

  1. Before exposing yourself to the cold, cover yourself well! Properly protected before exposure to cold will prevent the body from losing heat. When a cooling chart starts (when we begin to feel cold), the body must invest extra energy trying to recover the temperature and it is something that causes fatigue. That’s why I always prevent it from happening. My first mountaineering and climbing teacher told me one day something I will never forget: Dany, if you feel cold it is too late. Always try to protect yourself long before you feel it. Always remember it!
  2. Always cover your mouth and nose! Breathing cold air directly causes the body to lose temperature and increases the risk of contracting diseases. And it is something very easy to deal with, you just have to bring something with you to put there as a barrier, that half warm the air before entering your body. And it is already depending on how cold it is, if you wear a simple scarf or a thermal neck, which also encapsulate the heat radiated by the body.
  3. Get dressed in layers! A suitable clothing by layers (with thermal interiors as I will show in the video) allows the air to circulate freely around the body, keeping it dry and encapsulating the heat. This guarantees an effective and comfortable protection at all times. In addition, it will allow you to adapt to changes in temperature when moving from closed to outdoor spaces, because if at some point you feel some heat, it is just taking one of the layers off and thus regulating the path. Ahh! and as a traveler it is important, because this way I avoid the use of heavy garments, which only make the body breathe more, moistening it and producing a rapid loss of heat.
  4. Cover your hands and ears. In cold environments, the brain sends more blood to the center of the body to protect the vital organs. This makes the extremities more prone and vulnerable to cooling. Therefore, good protection of hands, ears and feet is essential to maintain the temperature always at healthy and comfortable levels. It’s a little technical explanation, but it’s good that you know it, because this topic is my passion and here I am happy writing for you! I am more than a traveler, I am an adventurer of life, and there is nothing I like more than walking in the mountains.
  5. Please, do not use double media! And yes, believe it! It is something that most people still do when feeling cold and that before is counterproductive. Doing this will leave your feet so tight that, instead of retaining the heat, it will block the circulation of the air (and still, of your feet), generating not only discomfort, but a much greater cooling by the humidity. Rather, it uses thick woolen socks or high protection technical materials.
  6. Eat even better in winter. In a nutshell: intake more calories. In prolonged exposures to the cold, the body requires a greater consumption of liquids and a much higher diet of calories, as well as vitamins, especially A and C. Foods such as nuts, fruits and all kinds of sweets and healthy snacks, help a lot with the thermoregulation process, which is the body’s control system to maintain stable body temperature.
  7. Protect yourself from solar radiation. By this I mean you make good use of sunscreen, on the lips and skin. In addition to dryness and the risk of heat stroke, unprotected exposure dehydrates and alters the thermoregulation process, thus weakening the body.