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Staying cool in this hot weather
edited 13 July 2022 at 3:15PM in Health & beauty MoneySaving
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I'm not wearing any.... and I'm at work too!
Just been reading this
How to sleep in hot weather
Honestly this has been the worst summer I can remember . It's rained since April with only a few days of sun here up North .
I'm happy to swap my rain for some sunshine .. Any offers will be most welcome .
Having lived there, I have screen doors with aluminium mesh which let air in and keep flies out. I can't do that with the windows though as UK windows generally open outwards not inwards or straight up.
Opening windows on one floor creates a cross draught which moves air around which is why having screen doors on my doors helps cool the house during the day. Keeping blinds closed or if Venetian almost closed keeps rooms cooler.Thermal curtains keep the heat in
Mint tea is really refreshing. Running wrists under cold water is supposed to help but by the time they're dry I find the effect has worn off.
Wearing cotton or linen not man-made fibres, thinner clothes and nothing tight fitting really helps. Also going without tights/stockings/leggings and wearing longer skirt/trousers instead.Cotton sports bra rather than the slinky underwired nylon number too. Less makeup so pores can breathe, maybe tinted moisturiser instead with sunscreen ? If you can find them cans of atomised water used on your face are refreshing.
Wet wipes for a quick wipe and re-application of anti-perspiration deodorant every now and then.
Sunglasses get me into summer mode of hydrating, wearing a hat to keep my head cool whenever feasible. If I have them on I'm not squinting and feel more comfortable.
In hotter places I found wearing metal jewellery can be uncomfortable eg posts in ears, rings, watch as the sun heats them up.
Paddling your feet in a nearby fountain in summer is cooling, as are Crocs
oh and white reflects heat..
Having said that, having been unfortunate enough to have to spend several weeks in Cyprus, Malaysia, and Australia over the past few months, I don't regard the current weather as in any way 'hot'. More pleasantly warm. In fact, a bit warmer still would suit me.
Remember a fan cools you, but warms the room, so have it facing you when on and turned off when you leave the room.
Only have external windows and doors open where it's cooler outside than in. Keep internal doors closed unless you are creating a path for cool air from outside to come in (note cool air, not warm windy air!) Curtains on the sunny side of the house closed when the sun is on them.
Freezer blocks (or bottles of frozen water) wrapped in a thin towel between the thighs or anywhere else where there's a lot of blood flow will help massively, just make sure you wrap enough that you don't get freezer burn.
Never thought about using a hot water bottle as a cold water bottle before, so will try that if it gets too hot at the weekend.
A thing I have done in the past to cool down when I sleep is to wet a towel and wring it out, and then use as either a blanket or sheet cover. It's cools you down, and if it's hot nothing stays damp so no worries on that score.