I share everyone’s struggle in dealing with this unhabitual hot spell we are experiencing and many of us who have emigrated from Africa after many decades must have become dis-accustomed to such intense heat. I know I have.
But permit me to share also my heat survival tips with you:
*Keep up a frequent intake of cold/chilled drinks. water preferably. Fizzy drinks will make you even thirstier
*Stay away from hot or spicy foods. They will heat you up from the inside and make you feel hotter on the outside
*If you are one of those hopelessly stuck on thermals and jackets, please ditch them and opt for loose fitting light coloured wears as dark colours attract heat.
*Wear light and breezy fabrics such as cotton, linen and thin polyester or nylon that will flow rather than cling and allow for free movement of air around your body..
*Have frequent cold showers if indoors and make each shower last at least 5 minutes to cool down your inner core temperature.
*Do not towel dry yourself but allow the water to dry off you naturally. Sleep in your damp towel and place a damp flannel on your pillow. If the heat becomes unbearable at night you might need to get up and have another shower to cool down. Or simply have a cold drink
*Keep a jug of cold water by your bed stand and keep your windows open.
*Keep an eye on children and pets as they can become easily dehydrated
***Stay cool and be safe***