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How to stay cool during the heatwave

Today (25 July 2019) is expected to be the UK’s hottest day on record, with temperatures of up to 39C (102.2F) forecast in southern England.

Thousands of commuters are being affected by disruption in areas where trains are running a slower speed on tracks at risk of buckling, with some rail firms advising passengers not to travel.

Here are our common sense top tips to stay cool:

Skin protection

Sunburn is a real possibility and applying the right skin protection is essential. Fair-skinned individuals should slather on as high a factor sun cream as they can get, but others cannot afford to be complacent either.

Hydration

Drinking lots of water is essential. If you’re sweating, you’ll need to keep regularly topped up on fluids in order to avoid dehydration.

Iced water is particularly refreshing during the summer and fruit juice is good too, especially as the sugars will give you a bit of an energy boost in the sapping sunshine.

Remember alcohol will not keep you hydrated, so as lovely as a cold pint is on a summer’s day, make sure you also drink water or a soft drink and don’t overdo it!

Prepare your home

If you are not lucky enough to have air conditioning at home, the summer months can be a bit of an ordeal as you try various new tactics to keep cool. Throwing open all the windows as far as they go is a good start, but unless there is a breeze in the air this isn’t likely to make a difference.

Make sure you’ve swapped your duvet to a thinner one with a lower tog rating or simply sleep with a sheet, as otherwise sleep may be hard to come by on warm nights.

Fans are essential during the summer and it is worth investing in some really high quality ones, as the cheaper ones will often only push warm air around the room and won’t provide any benefit.

Clothing

Plenty of individuals like to flash the flesh in the sun but this won’t necessarily help keep you cool. The best clothing to wear in the summer is light, breathable material such as cotton, as this will be the most comfortable when the temperatures really start to get unbearable. Wear light colours, as dark ones absorb heat.

 

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