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Tips for staying cool in hot weather

Tips for staying cool in hot weather
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Whether you’re jetting off to sunnier climes or making the most of the British summer, it can be a struggle to stay cool during the hot weather. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the summer without wishing the freezing temperatures of winter were already upon us.

Clothing

Lightly coloured cotton clothing is best for the summer months. Light colours reflect rather than soak in sunlight and cotton fabrics absorb sweat, which will cool you down as it evaporates. While adding another layer may seem counterproductive, wearing a hat will stop the sun getting into your face and help keep you cool.

Find a shaded spot

It’s great to get outdoors during the good weather but by finding a shaded spot you’ll be able to spend more time in it than you would sitting directly in the sun. The shade of a tree, building or parasol will help keep you cool and you’ll still be able to have fun outdoors.

Run your wrists under the tap

For a quick cooling effect, there is little that beats letting cold water run over your wrists. The reason for this is that the main blood vessels in the wrist are close to the skin and so the cold water cools the blood that goes on to run through your body.

Avoid cold showers

It may be tempting to plunge yourself into a cold shower at the end of a long hot day but you could actually be raising your temperature. After a cold shower your body will generate more heat to compensate for the heat that has been lost and so you’ll end up feeling even warmer. Instead, opt for a lukewarm – just below body temperature – bath or shower to wash off the hot day and cool your skin.

Stay hydrated

Tips for staying cool in hot weatherDuring hot weather its important to take in enough liquids to stay hydrated. As you sweat more you lose fluid so your body does need a little extra when it’s hot. Drink water and fruit juices to stay cool and try to avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can have a dehydrating effect.

Ditch the duvet

Trying to sleep on a hot balmy night can feel like torture, especially if you’re lying under a heavy duvet. Replace your bedclothes with light sheets, ideally made of cotton, and you’ll probably find you sleep much better. You can always keep an extra blanket at the bottom of the bed in case the temperature drops through the night.

Take a siesta

Okay, so you may not have the opportunity to sleep during the middle of the day but making sure you stay out of the sun during the hottest hours does help keep you cool. Aim to remain inside, or at least in the shade, between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest. This is particularly important for children and the elderly, who are most vulnerable to the effects of hot temperatures.

Sunscreen

Okay, so it doesn’t exactly keep your temperature down but sunscreen does stop your skin from burning, which is never cool. Use a high factor sun cream regularly and you’ll find you are much less likely to burn in the sun.

 

 

 

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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