Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1259, (20 - 26 August 2015)
Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Issue 1259, (20 - 26 August 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Surviving the summer heat

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

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Al-Ahram Weekly

When summer comes to mind, people almost always dream of escaping to resorts, lounging on the beach or tanning by the pool.

But one of the biggest weather hazards that affects everyone during the summer is the heat, and due to global warming Egypt now experiences terrible heat waves every summer.

This year, the country has seen an unprecedented heat wave, in which the intense heat and humidity have made it almost impossible for many to sit comfortably, let alone sleep at night.

Try following these tips in a bid to keep cool:

Even if you’re not thirsty, drink water. Keeping adequate levels of hydration in the body is essential. Have a large bottle of cold water on hand to escape the heat and humidity.

Avoid drinking beverages that are carbonated or contain caffeine as they can lead to dehydration.

Eat food with a high water content. Go for watermelons, cantaloupes, grapes, cucumbers and tomatoes as they are 90 per cent water. Stay away from high-protein meals as they will make you feel queasy and uncomfortable in the heat.

Wear light layers of clothing. Loose-fitting, lightweight and light-coloured clothing will help your body maintain normal temperatures.

Stay indoors and try to reduce or reschedule activities to the coolest time of the day.

Take a cold shower before you go outside and when you come home.

Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.

Soak towels in water and stick them in the freezer. They can later be used on the face to help keep you cool.

Use a hand fan, or even fan yourself with a piece of paper, to stay cool.

Seek medical advice right away if you or someone you know becomes nauseous, starts vomiting or experiences cramps. These can be the symptoms of heat exhaustion or something more serious.

Promote air-circulation. Electronic and ceiling fans are the next best thing if you’re not in an air-conditioned area. Start them up early in the day before it gets hot.

Don’t leave your children in the car while you run to the shops. Cars can become overheated quickly, and when they are overheated they become like ovens.

Keep your car cool. Use a sunshade, window visor or dash cover, or at least put a towel over the steering wheel, especially if you’re parked in the sun.

Keep kitchen heat to a minimum. Use small appliances like slow-cookers and tabletop grills rather than the traditional oven or stove.

 

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