It’s really scorching at the moment, especially where we are in the South-East of England. Looking at the weather forecast, this hot weather is set to continue for the next couple of weeks at least!
Lots of us are struggling to keep cool at the moment, so we have pulled together some top tips for keeping cool and safe in hot weather.
If you can, stay indoors. Close curtains in rooms that face the sun (don’t forget this will change throughout the day!) People are often surprised at how much cooler it can be indoors than outdoors.
If you do need to leave the house, avoid being outside in the sun between 11am and 3pm, as this is when UV rays are strongest. Wear plenty of sun screen and a wide-brimmed hat.
Make a home-made air conditioning unit. Freeze a bottle of water and place this in front of a fan. The cold bottle will cool the air from the fan and distribute it around the room. You can also try this with a bowl of ice. However, make sure the fan and bowl are placed on a steady surface so there is no risk of the fan getting wet.
Take a cool bath or shower, which will help lower your body temperature. Going for a swim outdoors can also provide much-welcomed relief, but ensure you follow safety advice if you are going to open water to cool down.
At night, ditch your duvet in favour of a sheet. If you don’t have a flat sheet (as many houses these days don’t!), use an empty duvet cover. And don’t be tempted to sleep naked. Wearing thin clothes to bed will draw the sweat off your
body, keeping you from feeling too sticky.
It goes without saying, but don’t forget to keep well hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. Water is best, but avoid excess alcohol as this can dehydrate you. Make sure you take water with you when you go out.
And remember, excessive heat can be dangerous. Keep an eye on vulnerable people such as those over 75, people who have long term illness, as well as babies and very young children, who will struggle to keep cool and safe. If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature, it may be heatstroke or heat exhaustion, so seek medical advice.