Weird ways to stay cool

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It’s too hot! I know we are never happy when it comes to the British weather but I’m struggling to keep my cool during this heatwave.

With temperatures topping 25 degrees in the North East, talk of ‘how to keep cool’ has been a hot topic.

Apparently, it’s really easy to make a do-it-yourself air-con contraption, all you need is a small table-top fan and a bowl of ice cubes.

Marie Westmoreland

It seems there are many weird and wonderful ways to keep cool this summer including freezing bed sheets and licking your wrists.

Thankfully, I haven’t seen anyone indulging in the latter, and personally I prefer to blast my wrists under a cold tap – a main vein passes through this area, so the cold water helps cool down the blood. As for freezing bed sheets, as tempting as that sounds, my freezer simply isn’t big enough.

Still, having had an awful few nights sleep, my ears pricked with curiosity when I overheard a conversation in the office about how to make a bedside air-con machine.

Apparently, it’s really easy to make a do-it-yourself air-con contraption, all you need is a small table-top fan and a bowl of ice cubes.

The science behind it is, the breeze from the fan picks up cold water on the melting ice cubes to create a cooling mist. I can’t wait to put it to the test.

Bizarre ways to stay cool

When researching ways to keep cool, I was surprised to learn that keeping windows closed can also help too.

•Keeping windows closed. One of the first things I do when I get in from work is open all the windows, but it seems that’s the last thing I should be doing as it actually lets in the hot air.

•Drawing the curtains. Keeping the curtains drawn during the day also stops your house heating up like a greenhouse.

•Eating curry.

Another nugget of information that surprised me is that experts claim we should be eating spicy food to help us cool down, as the ingredients are said to enhance circulation, causing the body to sweat, which works as a coolant.

It’s safe to say I won’t be cooking curry in this heat, I’ll stick to a refreshing salad and chilled diet coke thanks.

•Warm showers.

Surely a cold shower is a dead cert when it comes to cooling down, but that’s also a no, no, as once exposed to cold temperatures the body tries to warm up again. So swap cold showers for luke warm instead.

•Freeze hot water bottles.

Hot water bottles can be used as ice packs. Fill up with cold water, freeze, then pop it under your pillow or sheets.

•Rice packs.

Rice can also be frozen to create an ice pack. Pour the rice into a sock or stocking, tie at the end and freeze. If you have any weird ways to keep cool let us know.