It is relatively unusual for the British Weather forecast to contain a weather warning for heat! Usually we have weather warnings for rain, wind, ice and snow! However… this week, due to a lot of heat over Spain and South Easterly winds, we are due to have heatwave.
There is an old adage about “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. I have observed that Northern Europeans certainly seem to get into sleeveless tops and shorts the first time sun shows up (my husband and I went to Rome on Honeymoon – it was 15 degrees celsius at the end of February and the Roman natives were snuggled in winter coats and the Northern Europeans were all in T shirts and shorts!). But this abandon in sunshine can lead to discomfort and illness, and I don’t know about you, but I like to avoid that if at all possible.
So, the first things to mention are the most obvious. Keep hydrated. In hot weather, you will sweat more, so drink more water. I am not suggesting you gulp down 4 or 5 litres, but be sensible. If you do lots of high octane activity, you might want to tone it down in hot weather. Also, always be safe in the sun and use sun protection creams, wear a t-shirt, sunglasses and a hat. Yes, even if you look daft in a hat. We are talking safety here, not fashion. And keep out of the sun between 11.30 and 3pm. It is when the sun is at its zenith and when the day will be hottest. That midday sun we were talking about!!
However, if you do get heatstroke or sunstroke, here is a rehydration liquid recipe from one of my favourite websites…. http://mortgagefreeinthree.com/2013/07/homemade-rehydration-solution/
- 6 level teaspoons of sugar
- 1 level teaspoon of salt
- 1 litre of boiled and cooled water
- 200ml of orange juice or a splash of fruit cordial to make it more palatable
Put everything in a glass, stir until the sugar and salt have dissolved and neck it.
I am reliably informed that this works a treat, and I hope it helps if anyone gets caught out by the heat. In the meantime… stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!