Another warning has been issued by the city council over high temperatures and the risk of forest fires. Unsurprising as temperatures this morning reached 30ºC before 11am and some forecasts are reporting potential highs of 35ºC even on the coast. Humidity levels are back up and while yesterday's breeze provided light relief, today the air feels still and sticky. The intense heat is expected to hang around until Saturday, placing emergency medical services on high alert. I don't know about you but I'm already counting down the days until autumn, which incidentally is exaclty one month away.
It would appear, however, that while the locals may be moaning and groaning about the swelter, many stoic tourists are marching on, determined to make the most of their holiday. Long queues and groups of tourists huddled around maps are a comforting sight these days, even if in means taking the long way around a large platoon of them every once in a while.
Thanks to the rise in VAT (IVA) from 18 to 21 percent, Barcelona's public bicycle network Bicing will see an increase in cost. The change comes into effect on the 1st of September, also affecting the cost of the T10, Barcelona's most popular train and Metro ticket. No doubt those of us who use the Metro frequently will be stocking up on at least a couple of them by Agusut 31st, but be warned that tickets purchased before the change in fare will only be valid up to two months after the prices go up. So there's no use buying a year's worth!
If you're looking for something to do this week, while you wait for Metropolitan's September issue of course, head down to Sala Villarroel and catch one of Thomas Noone Dance Company's performances of Lugares Extrañamento Desastros (Strangely Familiar Disasters). For more on the company's founder and director, there is an interview with Thomas Noone here.
There will be more Summer in Barcelona blogging over the coming days.