Summer is coming.
And she’s gonna be a scorcher.
‘Tis the season of minimal clothing – in skin-coverage and skin-contact. The season of swimmers, beach towel skirts. Thongs. Branding-iron seatbelts. Transport that feels like a moving oven. And buckets of sweat.
In fact, as heaps of bushfires rage across the state, the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe heatwave conditions that’ll hit most of NSW by the end of the week.
But we still have time to prepare before mother nature rains pure hellfire (not really, just hardcore sun-power) down on us. Heed our warnings and take our advice, you don’t want to be caught out.
OFC Hydration Is Key, But Turn It Up A Notch.
Water is your friend. Bottle it. Chuck it in the fridge. Pour it into an ice tray. [Carefully] Toss it in the freezer. Anything that’s a drinkable liquid, get. it. cold.
It’s the perfect time to crack into the Zooper Doopers (I call dibs on a purple one). Or if you’re fresh out of those, chuck a juice box or two in there (or make your own juice ice blocks). These will give you more hydration and a sugar boost that’ll make you feel a little better (if only for a little while).
Also, make sure to take extra care of your fur-babies (or feather-babies, or scale-babies) or plant children when it’s a billion degrees outside.
Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Wet Rag.
This is the simplest tip I’ll ever give, and it’s been my holy grail on boiling hot days.
Soak a small- to medium-sized towel (or, better yet, one of those gel crystal sport neckties) in water and place it on the back your neck. To take this to the next level, put the rag – either wrung out, or in a bowl of water – in the fridge. Then put it on ya neck. Such sweet relief.
Actually, just accept that the fridge will be your best friend. Put literally everything in there (moisturisers, aloe vera, spray bottles for your face). Everything.
Shut the doors. The windows. Roll down your blinds. Don’t let the sunlight in. You may think that’ll lock in the heat, but it’s better to keep everything locked out and you locked in your little homey oven than try to crack a window and let that hot air in.
Besides, the heat will dissipate soon enough. Especially if you follow tips one and two. And if you blast the A/C for a couple of minutes, it’ll be far more effective and you won’t hike up your bill by running it all day.
Dress in a bedsheet.
I mean this kind of literally, but mostly as a weird way to say a few things.
First, natural fabrics and flowy, loose clothing will be the best thing you can wear on these days. The less contact it has with your skin, the comfier you’ll feel.
Second, it’s time to veg out. Do literally nothing. Spend the day in bed. Also, because heat rises, getting low to the ground (read: lying horizontally in bed) will keep you out of it.
A heatwave is the perfect opp to catch up on movies or TV series. Or, to avoid adding more heat to the room, read that book you’ve been trying to get to. Or do all of the boring admin and housework you’ve been putting off (just don’t go over-exerting yourself). Or just sleep all day.
If Your House Is A Hot-Box, Try Other [Cool] Hot Spots.
But take public transport – if you can – because you really don’t want that whole seatbelt branding, oven-on-wheels situation on the drive home.
Slip, slop, slap and get to your nearest indoor public place. Wander around the local shopping centre, or take a trip to the movies, or the aquarium, the museum, art gallery, or library, even. They’re guaranteed to have industrial-grade air-con for you to bask in.
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