By now we are all aware of the heatwave that swept across the UK the last couple of days. Social media was saturated with posts relating to the heatwave and memes mocking the situation. London had its hottest July day, clocking in at 36.7C at Heathrow Airport. However, the worst is yet to come with predicted temperatures of up to 39C expected by the end of July and the first week of August.
Below we outline some helpful tips and tricks to keep cool and ensure your safety when the mercury hits the red:
Take a shower
If you’re sweating up a storm, try taking a cool shower or fill a bucket with cold water and soak your feet to cool your core body temperature. Alternatively, fill a spray bottle with cold water and mist your face and body regularly.
Take it easy
Avoid strenuous physical activity, as this will raise your body temperature even more. Keep still as much as possible or, even better, take a nap.
Drink plenty of water, especially if you perspire more due to the heat. Avoid dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
Sweaty, tight clothes sticking to your skin during a heatwave just makes the experience more unbearable. Loose-fitting clothes will make you feel a lot more comfortable and air will flow more freely between your skin and the fabric.
Look out for the vulnerable
Some people are better equipped to handle extreme temperatures than others. Those who are particularly vulnerable are the elderly, young children and the sick. Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of heatstroke and be prepared to lend a helping hand where necessary.
Also keep an eye on your pets and other animals that might be suffering. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade if they are outdoors.
Go somewhere with air conditioning
If your home doesn’t have air conditioning and the heat is too much for you to handle, go to large malls or shopping centres, the cinema or anywhere where you know they have air conditioning.
Being out in the sun is not a good idea, especially if you have fair or sensitive skin. If you have no choice, wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
Avoid exercise during the day
If you are into fitness and can’t fathom going without your daily workout, don’t despair, you can still go to the gym. Just go in the early morning before the temperature goes up or later in the evening when it’s cooled down. Remember to drink lots of water and consider an electrolyte replacement if you are training hard.