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How to Prepare for the Next Heat Wave?

Published: 15th August 2017 19:11

Yet another scorching day has passed in what many call the longest heat wave the United Kingdom has seen in the last two decades. The temperatures registered not long ago have exceeded those measured in the Mediterranean, busting the myth about the British Isles' dark, gloomy, and foggy climate. It was a big one, and it might have already passed by the time you read this but it will not have been the last. If climate change deniers are wrong (and over 90% of the scientists say they are) there will still be enough similar hot spells in our future. So it's better if we are prepared. Here are a few tips on how to be ready for the next big heat wave coming our way.

What to wear

Wearing dark on a hot summer day, especially if you plan to go outside, is a big mistake. Dark coloured clothing - especially black - absorbs the sunlight and if it's thin enough, it transfers it to the body. Wearing black on a sunny day is a surefire way to overheating, dehydration, and - if things go bad - heat stroke. Light-colored clothes, especially white ones, reflect much of the sun's rays, offering the wearer relative comfort on a hot summer day.

Where to stay

Air-conditioned buildings seem the best choice on a hot summer day - but make sure the temperature is set right. Experts agree that it should be set to a level that only differs by a couple of degrees compared to the outside temperature. But if you live in a dwelling with no AC and inadequate ventilation, it's always better to go outside and find a shady place to relax.

Sit in a park with your favourite book, paper or Canadian online casino games in your hand to pull through the worst. The All Slots has quite a few chilly games that will keep you company (and cool) while the torrid hours last - you can try Frozen Diamonds, a beautiful and chilly slot machine, or Girls with Guns II - Frozen Dawn for some action. They are both free to play at the All Slots, the perfect time killers for a torrid day in the park.

How much to drink

As a general rule, you should be consuming at least two litres of fluids a day - this includes everything from your morning coffee to the glass of water you drink before bed. During a heat wave, though, this is often an inadequate quantity, especially if you sweat a lot. Your body usually tells you when it's time for a drink - if your urine turns to a darker shade and your fingertips wrinkle, you are probably not consuming enough fluids. 

Forget about tea, coffee, sugary and alcoholic drinks, though - caffeine and alcohol have a slight dehydrating effect, while sugar will make you thirsty. Instead, stick with clean, unflavored water. And don't forget to replenish your electrolytes - these tend to flush out with sweat.
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