Being hot in the UK is not like being hot anywhere else in the world. When a country is made for drizzle, wind and damp cold, as soon as temperatures are anywhere above 25 degrees we are all in serious trouble. Carpets, double glazing and lack of air conditioning on public transport like a death sentence on hot days.
I’m a Londoner. I get it. But thanks to my Spanish origins and having lived abroad and traveled a lot, I have also endured temperatures between 42 and 49 degrees without air conditioning or a swimming pool. I assumed many of the methods I’ve used to stay cool were common knowledge, but I recently shared some tips on Twitter and found that a lot of people don’t know about some of the easiest ways to stop being in a jittery way will heat wave.
So, with this summer going to be a hot potato in the UK, it’s time to adapt your lifestyle and start behaving like those in the Mediterranean.
The first thing I would advise is to close the curtains. shadow is your friend The more sunlight you let into your home, the hotter it gets. This is how greenhouses work. keep it dark
Speaking of windows, open them morning and night. If it’s hotter outside than inside, keep the windows closed. But opening a window or door at the front and back of the house first thing in the morning creates a nice draft. Then, at midday, if you close the windows and keep the curtains closed, the air circulated by your fans will be cooler.
It may seem obvious, but avoid heavy meals. Why do you think Spaniards love tapas? Eat little and often and things that contain a lot of liquid. Lettuce, watermelon, popsicles – nothing hot and heavy. And avoid spices, cinnamon, and alcohol, all of which will warm you up (they’re better for winter).
Eat large during the day and light at night. If you want to eat extensively at the weekend, enjoy lunch (in the shade) and then take a siesta. Why do you think everyone is closed at lunchtime on holiday?
Another tip is to embrace the vampire lifestyle. I know it’s exciting to see the sun, but you don’t have to be outside just because it’s a rare sight. Get all your hard work done early in the morning, go out and rest late at night, or stay home from 1pm to 5pm. in the Spain, my kids’ parties didn’t start until 7 p.m. It’s too hot to sleep anyway, so let kids stay up at night and sleep during the day.
Remember to drink water slowly. Gulping down half a liter of ice-cold water won’t keep you hydrated. Take sips at room temperature throughout the day, otherwise the cold water will gush straight into your stomach and you’ll pee out. Really cold drinks aren’t good for your throat or digestive system, and hot drinks will make you sweat even more.
Apply sunscreen in the morning before getting dressed to avoid burns on the edges of clothing. Factor 50 is a must for your face to avoid sun damage and don’t forget your ears, scalp, hairline and toes. Repeat the application (especially if you sweat profusely or get wet). Anything below SPF 30 is a waste of time.
Move less and lay back. We all know that heat rises and your body warms up the more you move. So get off the sofa and sit on the floor. And stop fanning yourself, just relax and let your body temperature regulate.
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Why are you still wearing pajamas in a heat wave? Take a cool shower before bed, use only a sheet, sleep naked and alone if you can (I recommend starfish pose), and a cold washcloth on the back of your neck or wrists works wonders. This also makes the fan colder.
Again, it’s obvious, but wearing tight, synthetic fabrics and high heels causes chafing, sweating in places you’d rather not sweat, and swollen parts of your body. Keep makeup minimal, too. Kaftans and sandals all the way!
I know these tips aren’t groundbreaking, so my apologies for those of you who have tried everything and are still suffering. But when I walk past my local haunt and see sweaty people in polyester tops burning in the sun while drinking their third pint, I wonder if they’re the same people whining about the weather on Twitter. Do yourself a favour; copy yours Mediterranean Sea- neighbors and live like a Spaniard for a while.
I know the Piccadilly Line in 30C is not the same as relaxing by the pool on holiday, but even sitting in your shady living room with your feet in a bucket of cold water is better than cooking a Sunday roast, while the sun burns through the window. while we whine that Britain isn’t made for this heat!
NJ Simmonds is a writer of fantasy novels including The Path Keeper and The Blood Web Chronicles as Caedis Knight. She is currently working on her debut thriller, set in London during a heatwave