Top ten tips for staying cool in the heatwaveWhich? recommendations on how to cope in the heat

18 July 2013

Heatwave UK

Are you feeling the heat? Which? has some expert advice on how to stay cool and healthy in a heatwave. 

The Met Office has issued a health weather warning in parts of the UK as temperatures are predicted to stay very high in the next few days. 

Here are our top ten tips for keeping cool and enjoying the heatwave.

Easy tips for staying cool

  • Try to minimise the time you spend outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day. If you do go out then, sit in the shade and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Protect your skin by applying sunblock, but better still, don't expose your skin to the sun. You'll feel cooler if you wear light loose fitted cotton clothes that cover your skin.
  • Don't open all the windows in your house in the day as this will let the hot air in. Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside, and, if it's safe, open the windows at night when the air is cooler than the room. Remember to close them again in the morning before the sun gets too hot. Double glazing can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • If you have shutters, curtains or blinds, keep them closed when the sun is shining on that side of the house.
  • Keep hydrated and drink lots of water. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as these can dehydrate you.

Essential products for a heatwave

  • Use fans or an air conditioning unit to cool off inside. See our guide to choosing an air conditioner for shopping tips.
  • Eat fresh foods that don't require the oven or stove so you don't add extra heat in your kitchen - try using a microwave or steamer instead. 
  • The hot weather is the perfect time for ice-creams and cold smoothies and juices. Which? has tested all the latest blenders and Nutribullet-style blenders, including some that allow you to crush ice to make ice-cold drinks. And you can make your own ice-creams using an ice-cream maker.
  • Sleep well - get the right mattress. Users of memory foam mattresses have sometimes complained that these types of mattresses make them sweat when the weather is very hot as they don't breathe as well as other types of mattresses. Find out which mattress is best for you by reading our mattress reviews.
  • And finally, if you have a garden, water only at night when it's cooler and the sun has gone. You could save water and money by using a . Now might be a good time to buy one so it's ready for when the rain will come back.

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