How to cope in hot weather

The weather across the country is getting warmer and warmer, and many of us are not used to it, so here are some tips on how to cope in the hot weather this summer.

How to cope in hot weather

1: Stay indoors as much as you can

Remaining indoors in the heat will help you to stay cool. The hours most commonly advised by the NHS to stay indoors are between 11am and 3pm, but if you do venture out in the sun, make sure to never be too far from shaded areas.

2: Don’t forget your sunscreen

This is particularly important if you go outside; applying sunscreen regularly throughout the day will help save your skin from being sunburned later on. Additionally, wearing a wide brimmed hat to protect your face is always recommended.

3: Hydratation!

This is possibly the most important thing to remember in the hot weather: keep hydrated. Dehydration is very serious, and easily avoided by drinking plenty of fluids such as water regularly throughout the day. Avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol and non-hydrating drinks such as fizzy drinks is also highly suggested. If you do leave the house make sure to take plenty of water with you.

4: Keep your house cool

Shutting blinds or curtains of windows that face the sun is essential to keeping your home cooler when it’s hot outside. British homes don’t typically come with things like air conditioning or ceiling fans, so if you haven’t already, now might be a good time to invest in some plug-in fans for your home.

5: Keep your body cool

Drinking ice-cold drinks, having a cold shower, and applying a cold damp cloth to areas like your wrists and the back of your neck, are three excellent ways to try and keep your body cool in a heatwave. 

6: Utilise your fridge/freezer

If you use a moisturiser or aloe vera gel, try putting it in the fridge for a while before using it as a way to keep your face cool. To add to this, perhaps try spraying your bedding with cold water, only a light spritz, or putting your sheets in the freezer before bed. Finally, consider putting a face cloth in the freezer to help cool down your back and neck.

Header Image Credit: Gavin Allanwood


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