10 tips to keep cool during a heatwave

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There are so many ideas to keep cool in the heat, but which ones are actually effective? Here are 10 + tried and tested ideas to keep cool this summer and survive a heatwave!

Wow ok it is hot, in the UK (especially the south part which is where I am) we are experiencing a heatwave!
The temperature yesterday got up to 32c (89.6 F) and to some people, that may not seem that hot, but let me tell you, for us in the UK, that’s hot, and it’s been hot for about 5 days now, and we class that as a heatwave!

As I type it’s 29c (84.2 F) and due to get up to 31c later…

So, what are the best ways to keep cool?

10 tips to survive a heatwave www.ajennysaved.com sunlight

Here’s my list:

    1. Fans – as obvious as this seems, fans are the number one go-to in the heat, it’s essential to keep the air moving and out of the house – we have a Dyson hot & cool fan in our living room, and a tower fan in our bedroom, and it keeps us cool. (Chances are by the time you need one the shops are sold out, so keep an eye out, it doesn’t hurt to buy one in the winter!)
    2. Open windows – (if it’s safe to do so) open your windows during the day and let in any air, buildings can soak up the sun during the day and trap it throughout the day – obviously if you’re not home or live in a high crime area keep your house safe first
    3. Close your curtains! It may seem odd, but any curtains that are open can let in the sunlight, which warms up the house, if you close them, or at least south facing curtains and blinds, it can reflect the heat and keep it out !
    4. Ice! Ice is a lifesaver in the heat …  so many uses, but obviously in drinks! Keeps your drink nice and cold and so refreshing. Make it or buy it, just make sure you have some in your freezer ! If you have one of those ice-machines on your fridge/freezer, even better!
    5. Cold showers! (Or bath?) if you’re really struggling to cool down completely, jump in the shower and rinse off the heat! It’s one of my favourite places to be in the heat
    6. Ice packs at bedtime! Do you have any ice packs in your freezer? (The ones that came with it) get them at night and hug them! Put them on your feet/ back or in front of your fan to cool the air… just don’t forget to refreeze them in the morning
    7. Paddling pools / buckets of water – again if you have access to a garden or outside space, fill a paddling (kiddie) pool or a large bucket with water and soak your feet (or more!)
      We use a “flexi tub” bucket, it is so large it goes up to calf-level, and is lovely!
    8. Hydrate! This should go without saying, but keep drinking even if you don’t feel thirsty, it doesn’t take long to get dehydrated in the hot weather …
    9. Cook outside – there’s a reason why people love to BBQ in the summer, not only do you get some tasty food, but you don’t have to heat up your oven / kitchen / house to cook food, grab a BBQ and grill some food outside, or failing that, eat something light, like a salad.
      If you do have to cook, try to cook something that won’t involve your oven, like pasta
      (or better yet order a takeaway)
    10. Ice cream, ice lollies: again obvious but don’t forget to buy some for your freezer! Even if it’s the kind of ice pops you freeze at home, something is better than nothing
jubbly freezable ice pops ajennysaved.com
I bought these today for £1! best to keep on hand for a hot day

Do you have any hints for keeping cool in the heat?  How do you cope? Let me know in the comments below!

I also have a post about making fishy ice pops for cats, pets need to keep cool too! 

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  1. lindsayscalco

    June 20, 2017 at 16:48

    heating up your house is the worst for cooking in summer, i love to BBQ!

    1. Jenny

      June 20, 2017 at 20:28

      BBQ is the best !

  2. helenevlacho

    June 20, 2017 at 20:05

    So many great and really useful suggestions Jenny! I live in Greece and during the summer the temperature is really very high, some days can reach 36 degrees or even more.But it’s ok for us. We know how to take care our selves. I like drinking ice tea and not so cold water. And of course, going to the sea as much as i can.

    1. Jenny

      June 20, 2017 at 20:27

      Ooh that sounds lovely! I am nowhere near the sea unfortunately

  3. Sophia

    June 20, 2017 at 20:50

    We so need this right now! You can’t beat a good BBQ, there’s nothing worse than standing next to a hot oven on a hot day!

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

  4. Jennifer Worrell

    June 21, 2017 at 00:06

    Great ideas! We’re having pretty high temps in the States, too. Some places are breaking 120 F!!

    1. Jenny

      June 21, 2017 at 09:26

      😲😲 omg I can’t imagine !

  5. Melissa

    June 21, 2017 at 00:07

    Closing the curtain it’s actually that helps a lot in my house! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    xx, Melissa

  6. clairahart

    June 21, 2017 at 01:10

    These are some great suggestions! I will definitely be putting some of these to use this week!

  7. Kimberly

    June 21, 2017 at 05:46

    I never thought of ice packs at bedtime. Great idea! Our bedroom is always stifling hot in the summer so this could really help me get to sleep!

  8. Style&Life by Susana (@StyleBySusana)

    June 21, 2017 at 07:54

    These are all great suggestions!! When its summer here in Australia, its get so freaking hot, like seriously almost melting hot.


    1. Jenny

      June 21, 2017 at 09:25

      I feel for you! We can barely cope I can’t imagine what summer is like there !

  9. littlelivesbig

    June 21, 2017 at 17:11

    Great recommendations, especially number 9! It’s amazing how incredibly hot an oven can make your kitchen and ENTIRE house. Also, I keep my curtains shut/blinds down all year round as to not overwork my AC, but sooo many people aren’t aware of that trick 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Jenny

      June 21, 2017 at 19:09

      That’s great! Thanks for reading

  10. falidude

    June 21, 2017 at 18:04

    Some really good advice here. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Melissa @ Think About Such Things

    June 21, 2017 at 18:08

    I chuckled a little bit when you said it was 89.6 F. Today where I live it’s 110 F (Live in Northern California). Staying cool is a must to survive. When it’s that hot we tend to avoid outdoor cooking. When it drops to the 90’s then its a lot better. I love taking a cold shower on these hot days. Really helps the body cool down and LOTS of water!

    1. Jenny

      June 21, 2017 at 19:12

      Oh yes part of living in the UK involves complaining about the weather, it’s either too hot and not raining enough or too cold or rainy 😂 32c is high for here ! Not used to it we are calling it a heatwave !

  12. Cory

    June 21, 2017 at 19:25

    I’m from the Caribbean so it’s always hot down here. Using fans and drinking lots of water are a must! I like to stay next to the air conditioner though lol.

    1. Jenny

      June 21, 2017 at 19:37

      I visited the Caribbean on my honeymoon it was lovely but so warm!!

  13. Shana

    June 21, 2017 at 19:28

    Hey Jenny, great post! Will be using some of these tips. I have a living room/kitchen combi though as I’m in a flat so no garden to bbq in unfortunately. The temperature when the oven is on is just unreal! I’m confined to my bedroom haha but I guess we can’t complain as we don’t get a lot of it do we.

    1. Jenny

      June 21, 2017 at 19:39

      Ooh I feel for you! We have a open kitchen next to our living room too! Plus we have to moan about the weather it’s the law 😜

  14. Claire (@clairebeary94)

    June 21, 2017 at 22:11

    I agree because Houston is pretty hot and humid so staying hydrated is a must! Hate when it’s hot, sometimes it’s hard to breathe even.

  15. Paula

    June 22, 2017 at 06:36

    I sometimes regret that I have to eat something else than water and ice creams 😉 It’s too hot too cook or even eat heavy and hot dishes. I often cook vegetable soups during really hot weather. I feel that’s the only thing which won’t warm me up even further 🙂

  16. danielleruppert

    June 22, 2017 at 16:11

    That is soo crazy how in other parts of the country a 89 degree Fahrenheit weather is a heatwave for the UK…. I live in Arizona, USA and we got up to above 120 degrees Fahrenheit but that is a normal for us during the summer.
    I agree with all your tips! Especially doing BBQ’s instead of cooking inside 🙂

    -Danielle Ruppert // http://danielleruppert.com

  17. Team up Girl - Kate

    June 23, 2017 at 12:59

    Hahaha I really liked the tip “order a take out”! That’s my fave! Btw I believe 89F can be very hot in the UK, we have about 103-104 F here in Texas. And let me tell ya, I am happy to have A/C because the “American paperhouses” how I call them wouldn’t make it. My tip is when I go to sleep stick my feet out of the covers and have some minty essential oil blowing at me from the diffuser 🙂

    1. Jenny

      June 23, 2017 at 14:39

      ooh that’s a great tip! Mint essential oil! would have never of thought of that

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