Tips for dealing with extreme heat that I've learned as a cold-blooded Welsh pluviophile living in the arid hellscape that is South Africa;

* Soak your feet in a tub of cold water.
-- Better if you've got a fan pointed in your general direction; soak your feet until they acclimatise to the water temperature, remove feet and let the fan cool your wet feet down with evaporation, place feet back in water, repeat.


* Soak a tea-towel and place it about your person; on your neck, forehead, top of head, chest, thighs, wherever. As one body part gets used to it, move it to another, and rotate.
* Water spritzer, especially in conjunction with a wind blowy device.
* Brief cold showers, focusing on your armpits, underboobs, subgroinular area, head, and feet. COOL YOUR PITS, PEOPLE
* If you have boobs, fill a cup with ice cubes and snug it in there betwixt the boobies.
* Drink lots of water, obvs.



* If you're at home and it's convenient, put a couple of inches of cold water in the bath and periodically lie in it. Make this process easier by wearing your bathers around the house. 😃 (Or just go nekkid if that's your thang.)

You want to keep your core body temp as low as possible. The effects of suffering from the heat are cumulative; every day gets worse/harder to deal with. So do whatever you can to stay as cool as possible constantly. Read a book in a cold bath if you must.

@welshpixie Make a big ice rod for your water bottles, but putting water in it, so it doesn't come up to the opening when laying sideways.
Then once it's frozen add water or drink.

These also work great as a huggie to cool you down when you try to sleep.

@welshpixie I find being clean shaven and keeping long hair off of ears/shoulders to be surprisingly important for managing heat. (Although it's been a long time since the later has been my concern.

@welshpixie sitting in a cold bath fully clothed is good! Also freezing some kibbles in a big iceblock for the dog.

Throwing ice blocks over the fence for a suffering pet is also a good way to sneakily help neglected furry ones

@welshpixie That last part is pretty much what I plan to do this weekend! Run a sub-tepid bath and live in it for 2 days while going through unfinished paperbacks.

@welshpixie great advice! My favorite trick to get a good night's sleep is to taketge top sheet off the bed, soak it in the sink a wring it out. This'll keep you cool enough to sleep for a few hours. Though, if you don't sleep alone, watch out for arguments with your bed mate about who's turn it is to get up.

@IPXFong I usually wrap a frozen gel pack in a teatowel and stick it under my feet :D

Additional ideas 

* If you have short hair, it's easy and unobtrusive to keep it wet. Spritz and rub in regularly. Keep hair short if possible, but long enough to protect scalp from sunburn and hold a bit of water.
* Get acquainted with ORS. Water is great but ORS solution is a far more efficient way to rehydrate. Buy at pharmacies in case of heatstroke.
* The idea that heatstroke should not be cooled down too quickly is outdated and incorrect. If you or anyone else experience heatstroke, cold bath or shower, plus ORS. Get them cool, rehydrated, and rest cool. Contact a doctor and check in on symptoms.
* If you have south facing windows: block them from the outside. Tape and tinfoil, or cardboard, whatever, just don't let sunlight get through multiple glazing layers if you can avoid it.
* Velux roof windows: consider leaving slightly open so the heat collecting on their internal blinds can convect up and out. Again, taping card over the outside might be a big improvement in emergency heat.
* "Swamp coolers" and "evaporative coolers" raise the humidity of air to increase heat capacity. They work, but if the humidity builds up (as in a well insulated/airtight northern-clime building..) you'll raise the wet-bulb temperature and have a bad day. Use in well ventilated spaces to let the humidity escape. Using a regular fan and a wet towel will probably work better overall.
* Air conditioners become a big-picture problem for civic planners during heat emergencies - if you must rely on one, try to use it in a designated already-cool "recovery room" and keep it as insulated and airtight as possible. Only set the thermostat as low as you need to recover: e.g. the "sleep comfortably withiut blankets" temperature. Lower is wasteful unless you're treating heatstroke or an at-risk person.

@welshpixie Have some tips from a Californian:

* Water is important, but electrolytes are important too. You lose them as you sweat, and you can replenish them with fruit juices and/or sports drinks like gatorade. One glass of juice or sports drink for every 2-4 glasses of water is the advice I've heard most often from folks who live/work in the central valley.

* For indoor area cooling when the humidity isn't atrocious, point a fan across the top of a cooler full of ice in such a way that the stream of air just barely catches on the lip of the cooler or the ice itself.

* Refrigerated beverages in aluminum cans make excellent heat sinks before they're opened. Wrap the can in a dish towel, washcloth, or other clean fabric and wedge the cold can against anywhere the body narrows - underarms, inside of the elbows or knees, sides of the neck, or groin are all good choices - to transfer heat out of your circulatory system and into the cold liquid in the can. You may feel a chill in your veins from this. That means it's working. (PS: This is also useful for rapidly cooling heat exhaustion/heat stroke victims!)


I've been sharing the US Government disaster preparedness page on dealing with heatwaves.

It also covers other ways to reduce heating in ones home and also describes the different levels of heat related illnesses.

@welshpixie this is a huge part of why I left.

Felt like my brain worked in winter and for the rest it was just suffering.

@welshpixie We soak a tea towel and freeze it for our cat. It's the only time he will ever let us drape anything over him and he loves it

@welshpixie armputs, neck, underboobs, groin, the elbow and the knee fold area is good too.

And just running cold water over your wrists is huge if you don't wanna step into the shower.

@herdivineshadow It's very good if you've got the cleavage capacity to hold a cup between your boobs :D

@welshpixie *looks at her boobs* Alas, I don’t think I can hold a cup here :blob_pensive:.

@Snuggle Was just looking at the forecast for the UK for early next week :/

Thanks.for the tips.

I put cold water on my wrists.
Someorne told me it is the quickiest way to refresh all the blood in the body.

@welshpixie Can confirm that the “put feet in tub of cold water” thing works real wonders :blobcatThumbsUp:

@mezzodrinker Yesss! It's amazing how much of a difference just having cool feet makes :D

@welshpixie I see a market gap in mobile water tubs. Just imagine: Standing in a tub of cold water and at the same time being able to go places :blobcatWoah:


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