Summer – Heat and humidity tips

As temperatures have soared this summer some in the UK have been overheard complaining about the heat and humidity. This could stem from the fact that we aren’t used to these temperatures and also that our homes aren’t equipped with air conditioning units.

Feeling HOT HOT HOT

I myself can cope with temperatures in the high 30’s when aboard. However, when at home there are times that I find the heat a struggle.
 
As the Met Office declare that August’s bank holiday weekend could be a potential scorcher, I find myself thinking of ways to:
  • Enjoy the heat
  • Make the most of the last few weeks of what some ar declaring our hottest summer to date.

A close up of a table with a camera, drink, sunglasses and a hat on it

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Top tips  

Wear loose fitting clothing – This will allow a breeze to circulate around you and also aid the drying of perspiration.
Eat regularly – Despite the heat affecting your appetite you need to eat during the summer. It is advisable to eat little and often during the hotter months. I personally suggest planning meals and stock piling snacks that you can carry around with you.
Check the humidity –  Using a cool mist humidifier during the summer months will help increase moisture without raising temperatures. This kind of humidifier is also recommended to help ease hay fever.
Keep hydrated – Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. Water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. You can also drink fruit juice, smoothies and soft drinks. Avoid excess alcohol as this can cause you to dehydrated faster.
Stay cool  – When bathing try and have cool baths and showers. Also splash yourself with cold water when you feel yourself overheating.
Sleeping – During the summer switch your sheets to cotton. Cotton helps absorb sweat and will allow you to sleep more comfortably.
Shut your windows – There is a misconception that leaving your windows open all day will help cool your house down. Windows only work for ventilation when it is cooler outside.
Frosty feet – One of the fastest ways to bring your core temperature down is to dunk clean feet in cold water. Due to the pulse points in your feet and ankles you will find this helps you feel instantly cooler.
“The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.” – Unknown

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