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billyshift

Please share your heat tips!

Does anybody have any tips or methods for staying cool? A heatwave has struck the UK and it's certainly having an impact!
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Nerak

@Nerak

@billyshift, I have a cooling towel , wet it, shake it and it stays cold for ages. Also just purchased a cooling blanket which certainly helps in bed! I will definitely keep an eye on this post for other ideas!

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Clary

@Clary

Hi, my tip is similar to above. A cotton cloth dipped in cold water. Squeezed and lay on the back of the neck whilst sitting or lying in a shady spot. An electric fan to move the air around is good at night. 😉

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NorasMom

@NorasMom

A wet handkerchief around your neck. Loose cotton clothing. Stay out of direct sunlight. Shorts and sandals, if possible. Sitting in front of a fan.

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Will_Berard

@Will_Berard

You people with your damp cloths are adorable! Personally, I favour a bath run from the cold tap - which in this weather means 20C, much to my not-cold-enough-ness. I'm considering adding ice. This is good particularly to preemptively cool before a hot activity. Like going outside. (let alone in the Tube!) I have taken to cold water immersion even in normal weather, and I am reaping the benefits - I cannot speak highly of it enough.

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AnthonyStark86

@AnthonyStark86

What I've found helpful today is filling a bowl full of ice cubes and placing it in front of a fan. The cold air being blown is really cooling down the room.

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Spencerd

@Spencerd

My portable fan plus thermal spring water spray is about the best thing I ever bought haha. It's got me through 42 degree Kerala heat ❤️

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alisoncameron20

@alisoncameron20

This weather is hard to cope with. I’m lucky that I’m retired so can stay indoors with fans going constantly. I use a hot water bottle filled with cold water and kept in the fridge to keep cool and also to relieve pain. The weatherman predicts cooler weather at the weekend. My energy levels are nil and I’ve slept all day.

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Charlie63

@Charlie63

@billyshift I have a Luke warm bath and keep a dish towel in the freezer +put it around the back of my neck

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AnnaChadwick

@AnnaChadwick

I put my feet in a foot spa filled with cold water and ice, that helps a little

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Cocoaloco

@Cocoaloco

I bought an air con unit last year. I have it in my bedroom and I couldn’t cope without it. In the day I’ve been getting my cool towels that I got online and they go in the fridge. I also put water in freezer bags freeze it and then wrap that in the cool towels. Obviously also in as little clothing as possible without offending anyone 😂.

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friendly_james

@friendly_james

frozen grapes if you liek sucking grapes every meal straight from the fridge cool fan by freezing a 1.5ltr or similar bottle of water each evening and put it in front of a small fan directed at where I'm stood/sat, humidifier versions of the same thing in shops for lots of $£€

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paulbrinkley

@paulbrinkley

believe it or not I go to the gym its air conditioned you see and so is my car but the heat does destroy me when I get home so I have a chill max fan at home that takes cold water which works well for me

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Ralee

@Ralee

As said above, portable aircon unit and industrial fans, I'm not affected by the heat but I have a 1 year old i'm not letting suffer. Having aircon installed properly in the house in the future.

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lholland

@lholland

I bought a cool vest (neither fashionably cool nor a vest 😂). 6 frozen gel packs in compartments. Cold and helpful but could like suicide bomber-like 😱

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potter

@potter

I am addicted to a frozen water bottle. If you are overheated putting one on your neck for awhile will cool down the blood to your brain. I also use it to help me wake up in the morning and get rid of migraines that are in the back of my head and neck. I know it sounds crazy but the type of migraine I have is a lesion is close to where the brain connects to the spinal cord. It takes 15 to 30 minutes, works for me. Potter

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KateB

@KateB

I go swimming in the sea about 4 times a day with my spaniel. Sometimes I swim in a river. Sometimes I just hose myself, we have also filled up a paddling pool. Failing that, a cold bath or shower

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Nothing

@Nothing

@lholland where did you buy your cooling vest? Do you think they would deliver to Ireland? (Damn Brexit 🙈)

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The-Pond

@The-Pond

Cold showers are my most effective remedy. I bend my wrist back on one arm, so the veins are exposed. Then, holding the shower head with my other hand, I move it up and down the inside of the forearm. I do this for a few minutes on each arm. This cools the blood down, which then gets sent round the rest of the body, cooling it from within. Also, keep the curtains closed for any window that gets the sun Dan

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Julie-Anne

@Julie-Anne

Hi i have been having the fan on 24 7, so i looked on amazon and found one. It said that one side is cold for weather like this, i have been sleeping a little bit better

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Vicy

@Vicy

I freeze a hot water bottle until it's solid, then use on various pulse points in tuen.

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amsut

@amsut

I use gel pads you can get in the pharmacy - they're meant to be for injuries but I find them SOOooooo soothing for neuropathic itching but they're brilliant in the heat. Stick them in the freezer and take them out after a couple of hours. Great if you're sitting down/staying put but not so great if you're on the move.

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Henrietta

@Henrietta

Run a cold bath and leave it in so you can get in and out all day. Run ankles and wrists under cold tap. Sit with feet in a bucket of iced water…. (there’s a theme here…) and all this just in time for the temperature to fall from tomorrow (thank god!)

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jacob

@jacob

Sometimes I lie on my pet cooling mat and I put my feet in a bucket of cold water too. I have my windows closed during the day and curtains shut when there's direct sunlight and then I open them once the outside temperature drops below the temperature inside the flat. I then use a fan to blow cooler air from outside once it's cooler out there. I sometimes run my kitchen extractor fan as this seems to suck the heat out. I can't afford aircon but I bought a chillmax air for £30, you fill it up with water and it blows cool air on you and I find this really helpful. As you can see I'm doing everything I can! 😂

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NiceCupOfTea

@NiceCupOfTea

I freeze flat water bottles (they're refillable cool bag ice blocks) freeze them solid and wrap them in a tea towel and then hold them/put them behind me in a chair/put them on my neck, feet, etc. I can put them in a little lunch bag and take them to work and put them on the chair, too. I have two of them so I can always have one freezing. Also ice packs for injuries. I recently bought a long hot/cold water bottle which has a case with a chord on it so I can tie that around me and go hands free on the move around the house at least but it doesn't last as long. I have Buffs that I wet and put around my wrists and/or neck, mist bottle for my face, a fan in most rooms and a rechargeable one for travel and moving between rooms, handheld fan for out and about, feet in a cold foot spa (need to try with ice!) Cold showers (need to try filling the bath to dip in and out of!) And I have just bought a cooling towel and cooling blanket after reading all your suggestions! I also have a big sun hat for when I'm going to go outside for any length of time. Frozen grapes are wonderful for putting in drinks too! Love the idea of the chillmax air, definitely going to look into that.

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billyshift

@billyshift

Thank you all so much for these responses! This is mega helpful - I'll be sure to guide people with heat questions back to this thread. Im not one to wish time away, but roll on Autumn 🤣 x

Alpha

@Alpha

Call on MSAA for a cooking vest! They send a vest with cooling packs you keep in the freezer until it's time. The only part I didn't like was the little bit extra weight but when I was outside it didn't matter because it kept me cool in 95°F heat!

Alpha

@Alpha

*cooling not a cooking vest but you can wear it while you cook too &it should keep you nice and cool! hahaha

blenca

@blenca

I find a "hot" water bottle filled with ice cold water helps a lot

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Coopsms

@Coopsms

1.Fill a bucket full of ice ( big one) 2. Add as many bottles of Budweiser to the bucket as you can . 3. Deck chair ( sit on) 4. Brolly (open) 5. Twist cap 6. Enjoy 7. Symptoms relieved (after 4 ish)

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Nerak

@Nerak

I bought a cooling blanket last week and its become my new best friend. . . it really does keep me cool at night, I had to buy another for when my young granddaughters stays over!