Heatwaves aren’t very common in this country, but it’s always good to have a healthy level of optimism in case one does actually come along. Here are some tips to help you cope with the heat this summer.
Our dear elderly ones can be particularly vulnerable in the summer months. So what can you do to keep cool?
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids is the best way to keep well during the hot weather. Avoid drinking alcohol, if possible.
QUESTION FROM READERS: Is it ok to drink hot drinks in hot weather?
Yes, drinking tea and even coffee can keep you hydrated. You can also drink fruit juice and soft drinks.
Stay out of the sun. It may be tempting to top up on your tan but it’s best to avoid being out in the sun especially between 11am and 3pm, as these are the times where the sun is strongest, making you more vulnerable to the effects of heat.Shut windows and pull down the shades. This helps to keep the heat out and keep the cold in. It’s best to open windows when it’s cooler outside.
Stay where it’s cool. This may seem to go without saying. But staying in a room where the sun is beating down on it will only make you feel hot. It’s crucial to find the coolest spot in the home—somewhere that doesn’t have the sun shining on it—go there to keep cool.
Wear loose, cool clothing. Make sure you wear a hat and sunglasses if you do decide to venture outdoors. Linen and cotton are good materials to wear in hot weather.