How to cope with hot weather


Following a brief and for some refreshing spell of colder and rainy weather, the summer is back in full swing with temperatures up around the 25 degrees region. Compared to the current extreme heat wave in the south of Spain and Portugal where temperatures recently hit more than 40+ degrees, we can still enjoy a reasonable pleasant climate.

However, even in less heat, it’s vital to be prepared for higher temperatures and sunshine as several risks are posed, such as:

  • dehydration
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

A heatwave can affect anybody but people most at risks are older people, especially those over 75 babies and young children as well as people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems. People with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke should also avoid any heat.

The good news is that with a few very simple tricks serious consequences from high temperatures can be avoided according to the NHS website. Here are some of the most important tips:

During the day, shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.

Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.

Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol – water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. You can also drink fruit juice, smoothies and soft drinks, but they can be high in sugar. Limit fruit juice or smoothies to a combined total of 150ml a day, and only drink diet or sugar-free soft drinks.

Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

So, in order to stay cool during the next heat wave just follow these simple steps.