Warm summer weather can be enjoyable, however intense heatwaves can be dangerous. Here is our guide on how to keep cool and stay safe as the thermometre rises.
In the midst of the heatwave, stay cool with ten simple steps:
Swap synthetic, silk and other fancy fabrics for cotton and linen. These are great for ventilation and will help cool you down.
Drink plenty of water as well as cold drinks – the NHS recommends 8-10 glasses of water every day.
Cool water filled with berries, cucumber and citrus fruits © Getty
Grab a parasol
Umbrellas are great for protecting yourself from the heat when outside, so grab one before you step out.
Beach-goers protect their skin under parasols © Getty
Place some ice cubes on your wrists and around your neck for a minute for two – it makes a real difference to your core temperature.
Flavoured ice cubes © Getty
Go for a quick shower before hitting the hay to lower your temperature and help you nod off.
A running shower © Getty
Keep calm and drink tea
If you are an avid tea drinker, toss your hot herbal tea into a glass full of ice. It’s refreshing, cheap and keeps you hydrated.
Peach Iced Tea © Getty
Try eating spicy food. Surprised? Spicy food triggers the heat receptor in the mouth making you sweat, which cools you down from within.
Drying chilli peppers © Getty
When to exercise
Avoid exercise in the middle of the day. Head out for your daily run first thing in the morning or at twilight to avoid fatigue.
Running in the mist of early morning © Getty
Avoid cold showers
Cool or tepid water is better for showering as freezing water will actually make your body attempt to preserve heat.
Heatwaves in history
Do you remember the sizzling summer of 1976?
More than forty years ago, a heatwave held the country in its shimmering, searing thrall. The land cracked, gardens withered and reservoirs lay parched and bare. Matthew Oates looks back to the Great Drought of 1976…