It’s July and it’s hot! The wonderful Turkish climate has already peaked to over 42C so far but generally at this time of year its stays steady around 35C. We have 300 days of the sunshine per year but July and August are by far the hottest months and we have to cope with them.
I am always amazed at seeing holiday makers on the beach soaking up the sun at the hottest part of the day and often coming off the beach red raw. I understand that most summer holidays are taken at this time of year and especially children at school are only allowed to take time off during the summer term. We need to change our ideas and when on holiday in Turkey visit the beach the same as the locals do. During the hottest months, you will see Turkish families on the beach early morning often before 9 am and they are leaving the beach around 11 am before the sun reaches its hottest from midday until around 4 pm.
Ideally, if you have children it’s a thought to go inside at these times or sit in the shade, enjoy a leisurely lunch and maybe take a nap and head outside again around 4 pm until late. Nobody wants to get sunburnt its spoils the holiday apart from all the health risks that can arise from it. There are a whole range of sun creams available and please go for the high factor but more importantly look at the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) as this is what protects your skin from exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays, below is a helpful guide and please click on the link for more information:
SPF is a measure of a sunscreens ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. For example – if it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, by using SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically it prevents reddening 15 times longer that is about 5 hours www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained
For me I apply sun screens often especially after getting out of the pool or the sea after swimming, where possible use an umbrella for shade, there is nothing wrong with building a tan slowly and always wear a hat especially for the little ones.
The Aegean coastline of Turkey has a cooler breeze, slightly lower temperature and a lower humidity than the Mediterranean coast. You will find that almost everywhere you stay will either have ceiling fans or air con units in the rooms and these are especially helpful at night either if you’re getting ready to go out or indeed cooling the room before bedtime. If you are asthmatic you can use the air con to cool the room for maybe 1 hour then use the ceiling fans to circulate the cool air and it works a treat.
All that is left to say is have a fabulous holiday in Turkey, enjoy the sunshine and above all know your SPF and protect your skin!