Heatwave survival - top 10 tipsHow to stay cool when it gets hot

02 July 2015

staying cool in heatwave

How to keep cool in a heatwave

With temperatures reaching 30 degrees in most of the UK, we bring you our top 10 tips on how to stay cool when it gets too hot. 

And the current heatwave looks set to continue for the next few days, as the Met office have issued a Level 3 amber alert warning for the UK.

Here's our top tips on how to stay cool and enjoy the heatwave.    

Top 10 tip to keep cool in a heatwave

1. Stay inside - Minimise the time you spend outside and avoid the hottest part of the day between 11am and 3pm. When you do venture outside, stay in the shade and avoid strenuous activity.

2. Sun cream - Protect your skin when you do go outside with a decent sunscreen.Our testing uncovered Don't Buy sun creams to avoid. 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.

3. Keep hydrated - Drink lots of fluids to compensate for the extra sweating. A jug blender is the perfect kitchen gadget to create icy-smoothies to help cool you down and keep you hydrated. Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee, which the NHS say can dehydrate.

4. Close the curtains - If you have shutters, curtains or blinds, keep them closed when the sun is shining on that side of the house and if your rooms are cooler than outside, keep windows and door shut to keep the hot air out. Open them up once it's cooled down outside.

5. Fans and Air conditioners - Use fans or an air conditioning unit to cool off inside, but before rushing off to buy one, read our no-sweat guide to choosing an air conditioner for top shopping tips


Make your own ice-cream to help keep cool

6. Ice-cream - Cool down with an ice-cream, and even better make your own with a Best Buy ice-cream maker, and keep a stash in the freezer - perfect for when the temperature heats up and you don't want to go outside.

7. Microwave dinners - If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen - or at least away from the oven. Try using your microwave instead, but make sure you eat - even if you don't feel hungry to replace salt lost through sweating.

8. 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.

9. Water your garden at night - If you have a garden, water it at night when it's cooler and the sun has gone. You could save water and money by using a water butt. Now might be a good time to buy one so it's ready for when the rain will come back, or invest in a Best Buy hose reel to eliminate tangled hoses. 

10. The old and the young - A heatwave can cause health problems and even death to the most vulnerable. Check on your elderly neighbours or friends, or anyone you know who is unwell, make sure they know what to do. If you've got a young baby try to keep them as cool as possible by minimising clothing and offering extra fluids.

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