At the time of writing the weather in London this week is going to be anything up to 37 degrees Celsius! For my American cousins that is almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And London is not set up for heat like this - I can handle Los Angeles heat but not London heat! Sadly, gone are the days when we had a good summer and a good winter, now the weather just seems to be a big blur except for the occasional blips of extreme weather...
So how does one cope in the London heat? With no air conditioning and no easy method of cooling? Here are my tips, the ones I keep coming back to.
The worst thing that you can do is end up dehydrated as a result of the heat. And in an extreme situation end up in A&E when it is 35 degrees + outside! Even if you don't think you need water have a drink. You don’t need to feel thirsty to be dehydrated.
Avoid going outside between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Try and do your chores or activities outside the hottest part of the day.
Not much more to say really. It doesn't matter how much melanin you have, or don't have, wearing sunscreen is a non-negotiable.
Wear loose comfortable clothing
With a hat and sunglasses if needed
Run cold water over your wrists
Temperature regulation happens in certain parts of our body and the wrists are one. If you are starting to overheat then just put your wrists in cold water for a moment or two, and your body will start it’s cooling down process.
Cross ventilate your house
Open the windows at the front and back of your property to allow the air to circulate and cross ventilate.
Do not sit in the hottest part of your home, work space, or accommodation.
Find and sit in the coolest room available
Buy in any essential food items in advance
This helps you to avoid needing to go out unnecessarily in the heat. And buy some ice cream as a bonus, while it’s in stock!
Have a cool shower
If you start to feel too hot just have a quick cool shower.
London in the heat can actually be unbearable. Having lived in 40 degree + desert heat in Egypt I know that I find that more bearable than London in a hot humid summer! To be honest I also found Malaysian humidity easier to handle than London Rush Hour in the heat! Yikes!
Whatever you do, take this crazy temperature extreme one day at a time and relax.
Please suggest any ways you can think of to keep cool I am always open to ideas.