How aluminum foil can keep your home cool during a heatwave
The UK might see it hottest day since records began this week, with temperatures reaching 41°C (106°F).
That met office issued a red one Extreme heat warning for Monday and Tuesday across much of England, including London, the South East and as far north as York and Manchester.
As the mercury rises, many people are looking unorthodox ways of staying cool amid the rising mercury.
While fans and cooling devices may play a pivotal role, even an unlikely kitchen staple can provide some respite from the sweltering heat.
Aluminum foil is flexible, cheap, and resistant to high temperatures.
Placing aluminum foil on all windows that receive direct sunlight can direct the sun and heat away from your home.
While it can add a bit of a spacey aesthetic to your household, it’s a cheap and temporary solution to the problem of extreme heat.
Other hacks These include applying wet, cold towels to your head and shoulders, dipping your feet in a cold bowl of water, closing curtains and blinds, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and drinking plenty of water.
According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), around 1,600 people died due to heatwaves in the UK in 2021 and around 2,500 in 2020.
For some people — particularly the elderly, young children, and those with underlying health conditions, as well as people who can’t adjust their behavior to stay cool or who are exposed to high heat where they live or work — the summer heat can mean brooding real health risks.
These include dehydrationOverheating or heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Extreme heat can also be stressful Water and energy suppliers, road and rail transport as well as health and fire services.
The current highest temperature in the UK is 38.7°C, recorded in Cambridge in 2019.
However, temperatures in England on Monday and Tuesday are expected to exceed that number.