As soon as the calendar switched from August to September, summer was officially over. Children were preparing to go back to school, the rugby season was about to start and the countdown to Christmas had begun. But nobody seems to have told the weather, temperatures remain high and they are predicted to continue well into October.
Moaning about the weather is as British as a Sunday roast and over-apologizing, but in stark contrast to the usual complaints about receiving more than our fair share of rain, for the last couple of months we have all been disgruntled about how hot it has been.
It was lovely at first to know that it was warmer in Morecambe than Miami, but the novelty soon wore off and we were back to doing what we do best – getting sunburnt and grumbling.
Seeing as the warm weather is looking to continue well into autumn I thought it may be a good idea to highlight how you can cope a little bit better…
1 – Rehydrate
If your body is losing more fluids than it is consuming then you can quickly fall into dehydration. This can have many negative side effects such as increased thirst, dry mouth, tiredness, reduced urine volume, headaches, dry skin, dizziness and more. Most of these symptoms can be ignored briefly while you try to get on with your day, but that won’t do you any favours. You will be sweating more than usual, so take extra special care to ensure that you are consuming plenty of water. Sprinkle some rock salt into it to replace any electrolytes lost and the more yellow your pee, the more water you need to consume.
2 – Minimise the impact at home
During the daytime when the outside temperature is at its highest make sure you close all windows in your house, draw the curtains/blinds and keep the heat out. In the evenings, as the weather becomes cooler, open up all the windows to circulate the cooler air as much as possible. Can you spend more time downstairs where it will naturally be cooler? Do you need all those light bulbs and laptops on? Finally, can you avoid using the oven to prepare food for every single meal? All of these activities can generate more heat and make it that little bit harder to get to sleep at night.
3 – Protect yourself
This should be obvious, which means that it is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but it would be sensible to take care of yourself. You can do this by avoiding being out in the sun when it is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm. If you cannot avoid this at all then at least make sure you are wearing loose fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible. If you cannot manage that then be sure to wear plenty of sun cream… yes, even in October! If you can avoid being stuck on public transport or any other crowded spaces, then that would be a nice little bonus too.
All being well, there is no reason why you cannot learn to cope with the unusual weather and save your moaning for just a couple more weeks until the Christmas adverts start…