Summer heatwave 2017
Hot and Sunny Summer Heatwave
Temperatures are rising across much of the UK, and now the Met Office has predicted we could see the hottest June day since 2011 when a temperature of 33.1̊C was recorded. Prior to June 2011 the hottest day was recorded on the 28th June 1976 when temperatures soared to a sweltering 35.6̊C. A peak temperature of 31.9̊C was reported at Hampton Water Works in Greater London on Sunday 18th and forecasters are expecting more hot weather for the week to come.
So for those of you enjoying your UK holiday homes but are unfamiliar with spending it in more predicted hot weather, rather than Britain’s infamous dreary weather, here are some tips from Intasure on staying cool this summer:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and try taking regular drinking breaks. It’s much easier to become dehydrated in hot weather, especially if you’re outside and doing something active.
- Take extra care when drinking alcohol and try to avoid too much tea or coffee as all of these drinks can increase dehydration.
- If you’re going outside wear a sunhat, sunglasses and an appropriate sunscreen, this will help protect you from harmful UV rays.
- Choose lightweight and loose-fitting clothing made with breathable fabrics. This will allow airflow to assist your body’s natural cooling mechanism.
- If indoors is cooler than outdoors you can help keep the heat out by drawing any shutters or non-metallic blinds. Keeping windows open while you do this can help maintain airflow in the property but don’t forget to shut these if you go out.
- If you’re feeling hot then try taking a cool bath or shower, or a dip in the pool if available, to cool off. If you’re by the sea or a lake you can go for a dip here too but allow yourself to get acclimatised to the water rather than jumping straight in.
- Choosing cool foods can also help; try having a salad or some fruit rather than a hot meal.
However you enjoy the weather; at home in the garden or away at the beach, take care to make the most of the Great British sunshine – for as long as it lasts!