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What do you do to keep cool and comfortable in the hot weather?

AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,102
edited July 2021 in The potting shed
I have been giving some tips to my family this last few days so thought I would share. Anyone from warmer climates have tried and tested methods? 

My suggestions:

Keep curtains and blinds closed in the day.
Find the coolest room (usually downstairs and north) and camp out there. 
Limit activity like house work to early morning.
Wet down patio areas etc to cool the air a bit if you are outside.
No going out between 11-4 unless in shade. 
If outside, loose fitting, breathable fabric which covers your skin is probably cooler than skimpy clothes and greasy sun cream.
Tepid showers (not cold) and leave hair wet for an instant cool feeling.
If that’s too much of a faff, then wipe face/arms with cool damp flannels and let evaporate off. 
Plenty of drinks. Limit coffee and alcohol. Tea is surprisingly refreshing. Drink enough to keep your ‘output’ clear (sorry - nurse in the house).
Give pets extra water (I also add water to wet food) and create snoozing areas in the cooler rooms. 

I’d love to hear your ideas...

My garden and I live in South Wales. 


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,364

    Water early in morning, or late at night.

    Sit in the shade, with a multitude of cold drinks.

    Instruct under gardener to do all the work.

    If all else fails, soak self with hose pipe.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,569
    position sun lounger in full sun and re orientate as needed. 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,326
    Think you’ve got it pretty much covered there AuntyRach!

    I would add, if possible:

    Get up earlier to do your chores or do them in the cool of the evening
    Have a siesta during the hottest part of the day - certainly don’t attempt to do any work that requires serious brain power at that time
    Fling open the windows/shutters at night to cool interiors down

    For plants, water deeply at the roots in the evening, if you use sprinklers, set the timer to do it in the middle of the night and move pots liable to overheat into the shade
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,569
    The conservatory was at 46C at 8pm last night. The bedlinen dried in less than an hour . Perfect
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,418
    We stick to the shade if going outside. Gardening will have to wait until it’s cooler, apart from watering, which can be done later in the evening. Our house is usually much cooler inside, so more comfortable to stay in when we can.
    Have to confess to wearing a cotton kimono round the house, rather than getting properly dressed. I never seem to have many summer clothes, as for many English summers, I haven’t needed them! As AuntyRach says, loose floaty clothes rather than hot sticky t shirts and the like. Be careful though, I got badly sunburnt through a loose long sleeved cotton shirt one year.
    We have had the fan on in the bedroom every night. Thankfully, it’s very quiet, even on the highest setting. 
    I’m really not a hot weather person, so I try not to feel guilty that I’m not out enjoying the sun. It’s just not my thing though, I find 18C is a comfortable maximum.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,647
    For me here - 31C just now - it's strappy cotton jersey tops that don't cling and loose fitting cotton shorts and flip flops.  Sun cream applied before getting dressed.

    It will be much hotter here between 2pm and will peak around 5pm so quiet pottering between those hours and stay in the shade.  heat here tends to be dry, not humid, so it's fine to work in as long as you take it easy and drink plenty of water but other than weeding, I wouldn't plant, sow or prune in this heat as it's bad for the plants.

    Our house walls are very thick so it's still cool indoors at the mo and the sun too high to shine in but by mid August we'll have the shutters half down as things heat up. 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,989
    I'm not likely to be from warmer climes here @AuntyRach , but for what it's worth - I walk earlier - before 7am depending on temp- before it gets too hot.
    Then I mainly stay in unless I can do things in the shady parts of the garden, and even then, I come in regularly. I'm the same as @Ergates - around 18 is hot enough unless there's a good breeze.
    Blinds/curtains shut over, depending on orientation,  and windows open. Lighter clothes - linen if possible.
    Plenty of fluid - tea for me too, but also a cold drink now and then.

    What is this 'housework' of which you speak?.....
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GrannybeeGrannybee Posts: 327
    I shut the windows too as there is a hot blast of wind coming in. Re-open in the evening. 
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,206
    Agree with @punkdoc  especially about the housework!  

    Slowly in the morning and not too fast in the evening.

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

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