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

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

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