Stay cool: 13 unusual ways to stay cool in extreme heat – Euronews | Hot Mobile Press

The weather forecast for Europe has been posting alarming levels for weeks, with mercury tipping over 40C even in northern countries.

In case we’re in any doubt these sweltering temperatures are due to global warming, meteorologists are pointing out that Spain and Portugal are 7C hotter than normal for this time of year – with Seville potentially hitting 47C.

The current UK record (2019) of 38.7C is expected to be history early next week. If we have any hope of stopping criminal degrees from creeping around the world, immediate climate action is needed.

There are so many ways to cope the climate crisis, the best together. But in the very short term, braving the heat looks very much like keeping cool and composed through policies that don’t increase consumption fossil fuels.

It’s important to stay hydrated — just in case no one has told you in the last hour. Here are some more cheap tips from the Euronews Green team for staying cool at home.

13. Fans above the air conditioner

First, let’s address the elephant in the room: air conditioning. It’s an image that really does elephants a disservice, as these boring lumps of plastic and metal are serious energy hogs – they use more electricity than any other mainstream device in our homes.

Stand alone air conditioners also leak Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants: toxic gases that further contribute to the cycle of climate change.

Fans are a much better option and, if positioned correctly, can go a long way in staving off unbearable internal temperatures.

Set up your fan across the room from an open window to create a cooling flow of air. Alternatively, direct it out of an open window on the north side of your home to create a “chimney” effect, drawing air in from that shadowy direction.

12. Apply the air currents

However, there are even easier ways to gain the upper hand in heatwave conditions. Stay updated on how temperatures inside compare to those outside; Once it gets hotter outside, close windows and doors to keep the warmer air out. It is best to also close the interior doors so that the air in the house does not turn into a soupy mixture.

Reverse this advice if the relative morning and evening temperatures change so that a cooler flow of air is coming in.

11. Close curtains and blinds

In this regard, close curtains and blinds on sunny windows to prevent the sun from getting in too much. Southern European countries are usually better equipped with roller shutters, but there are quick fixes if you suddenly find certain rooms too hot.

In a helpful Twitter threadEnergy UK CEO Emma Pinchbeck suggests putting newspaper or cardboard in windows can have the desired effect.

10. Prepare your meal earlier in the day

It’s a well-known fact that anything that generates heat increases the overall warmth of your home. Intuitively, you’ll find a hair dryer less desirable (not least because wet hair is a balm on days like today).

But one place where it helps to rethink your daily activities is in the kitchen. A nutritious salad might be more of a hit on a hot day, but if you still need to use the oven, how about preparing the meal earlier in the day?

9. Keep cool as a cucumber (drink)

Drinking enough water really is worth repeating — especially since frequency, rather than volume, is a key message from public health officials. But there are a whole range of other soft drinks to quench your thirst.

A cold or hot mint infusion is great for cooling off as the natural menthol stimulates the body’s cold receptors. It is also a very low maintenance herb to grow on a windowsill or a piece of back garden.

Euronews Green video producer Hannah swears by a slice of cucumber in the water, which makes the drink taste refreshing even when it’s warm.

8. Stay cool at night

While there are many things you can do during the day to regulate your temperature, restless nights are often the worst part of a heat wave.

If you’ve already given up a duvet, another comforting tip is to roll a damp, cold washcloth around your neck at night.

7. Damp sheets inside

In fact, getting things wet doesn’t have to be just a nighttime retreat. A damp cotton t-shirt can bring some relief during the day, and letting wet sheets and clothing dry indoors will help bring down the room temperature.

6. Wear loose clothing

Speaking of clothing items, loose clothing is highly recommended. Natural fibers like cotton and linen make the fabric extra breathable (and are less harmful to marine life than synthetics, which shed). microplastics while washing).

The fabric made of biodegradable fibers absorbs sweat better and supports air circulation around the body.

5. Wear an eggplant hat

There will be many companies marketing products to beat the heat, some more effective, cheaper and more sustainable than others.

But a quick glance through your belongings might reveal a few items that are ripe for a repurposing, from hot-water bottles to hip flasks that double as containers for cold drinks.

Euronews Green deputy editor Maeve bought an “aubergine hat” — a wrap design with ice packs — to relieve her headache. It is now kept in the freezer and is the envy of all her housemates.

4. Start your day earlier

One of the challenges of the heatwave conditions is that it’s difficult to maintain energy and motivation at home, with even more people working remotely than before the pandemic.

One way to make this easier is to start the day earlier, which allows you to make the most of the cool hours and sleep earlier. Since exercise is key to warding off sluggishness, setting aside some active time between 7am and 9am to get up and shine is a great way.

3. Breathe like a lion

exercise Not only does it give our energy levels a boost, there are a number of tips we can take away from different sports and exercises to stay cool.

Editor and yogi Ruth suggests taking a “lion’s breath” during overwhelming times of the day. This is used to cool and soothe you: simply open your mouth wide and let your tongue hang out, take a deep breath in through your nose and then out deeply through your mouth, making the sound of a sigh.

2. Take a nap

Northern Europeans, looking ahead to the coming heat, may wish to follow the example of Southern Europeans and nap during the hottest part of the day.

Admittedly, this doesn’t fit into every schedule, but tasks that require the most concentration should be reserved for cooler times of the day anyway.

1. Enjoy a cool shower

If a siesta is out of the question, then a quick dip in the shower might be the change of scene you need in the afternoon. Even sticking your feet in a bowl of ice-cold water might do the trick.

Come the weekend it is bigger bodies of cooling water that people will seek. While it’s wise to limit time in the direct sun, there’s hardly a more refreshing way to get through the day.

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