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Feeling the heat? Here are the best ways to stay cool
Saturday, 30 May · 2 min read

Temperatures are set to soar in many parts of the world as summer takes hold, with many countries already experiencing heatwaves, such as India.

But hot weather and high humidity can pose a risk to health, especially people with heart or breathing problems, the elderly or young children.

If you're struggling to stay cool, here are tips on how to stay safe in the heat:

  • wear light, loose-fitting clothes
  • keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, then open them at night
  • try to stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day (usually 11am to 3pm)
  • use box and ceiling fans to circulate the air
  • if you overheat, fill a bucket of water and sit with your feet in it
  • if you live in a multistorey house, spend more time downstairs - hot air rises, so upstairs rooms will feel warmer
  • switch off sources of heat, such as lamps, where possible
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol or caffeine to prevent dehydration

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