With temperatures expected to soar this weekend, summer is well and truly underway. We know how uncomfortable the hot weather can be though, so we've gathered up gransnetters' top tips on beating the heat, from refreshing recipes, how to sleep well in this heatwave and the best clothing to wear.
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With a scorching hot weather forecast, you tend to be more inclined to eat cold, light meals, so why not try some of these dishes out.
If you've got light curtains or blinds, keeping them closed for most of the day can help block out the sunlight and keep your rooms cool. However, if your curtains are thick, keeping your curtains closed may be counter-intuitive; they will actually trap warm air and reduce circulation. Open a few windows or turn on a fan - and keep a water bottle nearby.
Trying to get to sleep when you're sticky with sweat is never easy. One user highly recommends a cool dip in the bath before lights out: "Before you go to bed, get into a shallow tepid bath and leave the cold tap running slightly until you are lying with as much as possible of you under cold water. Stay there until you feel really cold, possibly half an hour, then get out and go to bed."
If you've got the freezer space, "wrap a sheet in a plastic bag, put it in the freezer, then half an hour before bed lay it between the bottom and top cover. Cools the bed down a treat." You might feel like you need a little bit more than just a sheet, though, so, retire the winter duvet to the loft (great chance to do some decluttering) and replace it with a light two tog summer duvet to see you through the warmer months.
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It's not always fashion first. Don't worry about what you look like - wear a hat, light materials and keep your factor 50 topped up. However, if you are fashion concious, one user has worked our a nifty trick: "I have just bought some linen trousers from M&S that are very baggy. Someone once told me that a mistake people often make is to buy clothes on the small side...she said go a size bigger and you'll look thinner."
There are some fantastic linen designs, summer dresses and loose, colourful cotton tops on the high street this season, or you can hit your local charity shop to find some sun-proof clothing at bargain prices. We love wearing white linens, coupled with airy Birkenstocks. As another user puts it, "comfort and coverage at a reasonable price".
Disclaimer: The information on our diet and health pages is only intended as an informal guide and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice. Gransnet would urge you to consult your GP before you begin any diet if you're concerned about your weight, have existing health conditions and/or are taking medication.