La Canicula

This month, I have been focusing on some very unwelcome houseguests. In keeping with that theme, let me introduce you to one of those guests who is on her way out...La Canicula. She arrives every year in mid-July and leaves sometime in mid-August. La Canicula affects every one around her. The more havoc she can cause, the better!

Who (or what) is La Canicula? Wikipedia says that La Canicula is the equivalent to "the dog days of summer", which is the hottest time of the year. But, I would have to disagree. La Canicula is so much more! La Canicula is blamed for everything that happens in Mexico from mid-July to mid-August. Extremely hot weather, the lack of rain, bad crops and stomach problems are all her fault!

It is believed that if La Canicula enters during a dry spell or heatwave, the weather will remain the same until she is gone. Same thing with stomach problems. I found this out last year. Just as La Canicula entered, I got sick. I originally blamed it on some bad seafood that I had eaten. I was deathly ill for weeks! I went to the doctor's office on numerous occasions, took tons of tests and medicine, with no relief in sight. I lost about 12 pounds. I had to end my ESL course a few weeks early, because I was incapable of going to work.

During this whole ordeal, my father-in-law insisted that it was La Canicula and that I wouldn't feel any better until she left. And you know what...he was right! And from that day on, I have been a true believer in La Canicula!

So, if you got sick after July 14th, you now know that it was because of La Canicula. But rest assured that relief is just around the corner. La Canicula leaves on August 20th!

With Love,
Leslie Limón

13 comments

  1. Interesting. I bet there is something biological about it.

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  2. Can La Canicula cause havoc on one person more than once? Since July 14 I have been sick twice. Once, very mild and then, the second, fairly sick. But I see tomorrow is the 20th!
    maybe on Friday Senor's corn will get taller and healthier!

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  3. Linda Lou,
    Yes, La Canicula can "attack" a person more than once. It's her calling card! Hope you feel better soon! And best of luck with Señor's corn.

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  4. Very interesting...I had never heard of this. Now does La Canicula just pertain to the Mexico region or does it also occur here in the US?

    Irma :)

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  5. Well, both Jiggs and I must be the most recent victims. We are both off our feed.

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  6. Oh thank Heavens, does that mean it's going to cool off now???? It's the 21'st today right!?! :P This is my first summer in Mexico (I'm from Michigan) and the heat had been incredible. It freaks me out watching the weather when every day says over 100.

    La Canicula, I'll have to bring that up somehow at my husbands families house this weekend, I'll bet they'll get a good laugh if it comes from me. :)

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  7. Thank goodness shes on her way out. My husband and I just commented last night how we could tell the cooler days were coming. OH and I have had a messed up stomach all week and so has Alana. Get out of here La Canicul Im done with you.
    Speaking of the weather change, last night we sat on the roof and watched flock after flock of black birds flying over. I assume we are still to far north for their winter. It was fun and Alana loved it. And amazingly we didn't get pooped on.

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  8. We are headed back to La Manzanilla after summer in Denver. We hear La Canicula is still hanging around making hair and teeth sweat.

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  9. Hola, Leslie!
    No wonder we Mexicans wrtie Magical Realism! Mexico's the place where fantasy and reality really do mix!

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  10. There is no Canicula in the Highlands. I recommend a move.

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  11. Felipe just wants everybody to come to Patzcuaro so he can get us hooked on La Guapa Señora's pastries and get muy rico. Here on the Sonora coast the days continue unbearably hot but the evenings are rather nice, as long as you move slowly. Talk slowly, dance slowly, make love slowly...you know.

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  12. Bliss, those are words to live by!

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  13. I think we're experiencing the start of canicula here in Nicaragua. It's been a very very wet season so far. How's it in Mex this year?

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