- We absolutely LOVE hot weather, but even we have to admit that when it comes to keeping cool during a UK heatwave the struggle is real. Wondering how to cope with hot weather? Of course it's essential to stay out of the sun especially during peak hours, take cool baths or showers and stay hydrated. Here are 8 easy-to-implement strategies to help you keep your cool this summer:
1. Dress loosely
Light-coloured, loose clothing is ideal for warmer temperatures, helping you retain coolness. Natural fabrics such as cotton and linen are more breathable and will keep you cool. Pale shades will attract less light, and therefore less heat, than the classic urban wardrobe of black.
2. Shower before bed
A summer heatwave can make it harder to sleep, which can negatively affect your health. Make sure your body temperature is as low as possible so that you can get to sleep easier. The best thing to do before going to sleep is to take a cool shower and spray your sheets with water.
3. Hydrate regularly
Water is low-cost, abundant and accessible. Water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight and is vital for almost every function in the body. Proper hydration can reduce fatigue and improve endurance. Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
4. keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
You shouldn't stay out too long during peak sun hours (11am - 3pm). If the sun is at its hottest, try to stay in the shade to avoid sunburn and sunstroke.
5. Change light bulbs
Long-lasting LED bulbs produce about 70 percent less heat than standard incandescent light bulbs.
6. Go swimming
Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day. But why not take advantage of swimming to cool off whilst keep fit?
7. Create a frozen fan
It may be old tech but it works. Turn on and aim a simple house fan at a big bowl filled with ice. The cool air will circulate, lowering the room temperature to help keep you cool.
8. Close curtains
Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.