Our top tips for staying alive in a heatwave

With temperatures estimated to soar above 39 degrees Celsius, it is important to keep yourself protected from the sun and to keep hydrated. We have compiled a list of things to do to be able to survive in these soaring temperatures. Are you following all the tips mentioned below?

Stay hydrated

It is important to drink a lot of water, more than 2 litres of water each day to be more precise. Water will keep you hydrated.


Try to stay in the shade

Try to find spots in the shade if you are going to be outside. If going to the beach, take an umbrella with you, or rent one from the beach. Long exposure to the sun’s rays is harmful and my result in skin diseases.


Stay indoors from 12pm till 4pm

If possible, try to stay indoors between 12pm till 4pm, as at this time, the sun will be at its strongest. For some of you who may have errands or work outside at this time, this may not be possible. In such cases, try to avoid the sun as much as possible by staying in the shade.


Turn on your A/Cs

If you are in your car or at home, close the windows and turn on the A/Cs. When the windows are closed, heat will not enter the room at the same rate as if the windows were opened. This reduces electricity/fuel used to cool the room/car.


Service your A/Cs

It is important to service the A/Cs regularly. This ensures that the units work efficiently and effectively. Services A/Cs provide faster and better cooling. A/Cs which are not services regularly may be dangerous as their filter may need changing. If services are not performed regularly, the units will not perform as well as if they are serviced.


Store some water in the fridge

Place large water bottles in the fridge so that you can have some cool water. Placing large water bottles rather than small ones ensures that you won’t run out of cool water quickly.


Use cold water when taking a shower / bath

Using cold water rather than warm water when taking a shower/bath will cool your body down for a while. Make sure to take regular quick showers whenever possible so that you stay fresh and cool.

Jake Bonello

Jake Bonello

Jake is our politics and current affairs expert. He has extensive experience in journalism, having worked in the fields for various years. In his free time, he plays football and takes pictures of random things.
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