With the recent unusually high temperatures experienced here in Ireland and in much of the northern hemisphere, I thought I would write a blog about dealing with this type of weather. I lived in the far east for some time and high temperatures were commonplace, so I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for surviving the hot weather. These are in no particular order but please customize them to your needs and lifestyle;
- You must drink plenty of liquids, the non-alcoholic type (sorry), go easy on the caffeine as it is a diuretic (makes you urinate more often)
- Wear light-coloured clothes (white shirts, beige slacks/ trousers)
- Enjoy a salty snack, you will be losing minerals especially sodium while sweating.
- Wear light clothes that allow air flow, and a light-coloured cap or hat
- Do physical work early in the morning or late in the evening
- Take extra rest times, a little nap after lunch would help
- Use Air conditioning or rotary fans in your rooms to keep you cool
- The sun is very strong at the moment, so use a good quality sunscreen if you are going out
- Wear your sunglasses when outside
- Eat light meals, enjoy cold courses (salads, sandwiches etc.)
- Pro tip – drink some coconut water every day as it is excellent for rehydration
For people working outside, please be very careful as the heat can be a real challenge at the minute, take all the above precautions.
Don’t forget to enjoy the good weather too, go for a swim and/ or an evening walk, it never lasts long in Ireland.