How to keep cool in hot weather
Being starkers is not always convenient (nor desirable)—so, here is a little advice for keeping cooler in excessively hot weather!
- Keep windows closed and shuttered against the sun—open them up at night when it is cooler.
- To quote Noel Coward ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’—don’t be a mad dog or an Englishman— and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm!
- Wear floaty lightweight garments—cotton is the advised fabric as it is airy and absorbs sweat.
- Reflect the heat away from your windows with shades or reflective material outside the pane (might dazzle your neighbours though).
- Light coloured curtains at your windows are better than dark as dark curtains will absorb heat making your room hotter.
- If the room is too hot move into a cooler one. Makes sense!
- Cool showers or cool baths are a good idea and it keeps you very clean!
- Keeping a spray bottle of water in the fridge to use when overheating is a good cooling down tip.
- Drink plenty of fluids—avoid alcohol (drat!).
- Fans are great at moving air about—but when it’s very very hot a bowl of chilled water in front of them is a great idea.
- If you have to emerge out into the street heat keep in the shade.
- Wear sunscreen, hat and a scarf.
The NHS website has a list of tips and advice for coping during hot weather at: https://www.nhs.uk