Heatwave Hacks: 28 Tips and Tricks for Keeping Cool in the UK Heatwave

The mercury is rising and the MET office are advising people to “stay out of the sun” for most of this week.  “We advise the public to take care in the sun, especially when temperatures are potentially reaching 30C or more throughout this week – either stay out of the sun or be sensible and don’t go out in the strongest sunshine hours – 11am to 3pm,” a Met Office spokeswoman said.

The usual precautions have been issued: covering up, wearing sun screen, keeping your house cool and drinking plenty of water. We’ve searched the internet high and low and come up with these 28 brilliant tips to help you keep cool in the heatwave.

Keep hydrated

Bring your body temperature down by drinking cool glasses of water regularly. Dehydration can be caused by sweat, which can be make you susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Wet paper towels

If you’re looking for the quickest way to cool your bottled drinks (or beers, wines etc!) simply wrap a wet paper towel around the bottle and put it in the freezer.

Large amounts of protein found in red meat and some fish can increase the body’s metabolic heat as it attempts to break down the heavy food. Your body warms up as it works to process larger meals. Metabolic heat is needed to break down food, so eating smaller portions more regularly can help keep you cooler.

Avoid caffeine

Caffeine can make you feel hot and jittery in the heat and affect your productivity. Switch to a healthy smoothie while the heatwave lasts.

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