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50 Ways to Beat the Heat and Chill Out

Updated on February 5, 2018
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Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart - there is no other way.

Chill Out On A Bed Of Ice

Staying Cool In The Heat

It's that time of year and the temperatures are scorching. You are wondering how you will survive another season of heat without melting. The sunshine filled days are a bit too hot for your liking.

You are ready for cool breezes and cooler temperatures, but for now you must figure out how to beat the heat in comfort. There are many ways that you might never have considered.

I've listed some ideas that might or might not work for you. Maybe you could use my suggestions to help create your own ideas.

I tend to enjoy the heat more than the cold, but even I have a breaking point. I hope you find some relief and keep your cool because the heat won't last forever.

Cool Off At A Splash Pad


How To Treat A Heat Related Emergency

  • Get to a cool area or place ASAP
  • Remove heavy clothing
  • Take small sips of water
  • Cool off the skin with a wet cloth or fan
  • Call 911 if a heat stroke is suspected

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Dry skin with no evidence of sweating
  • Confusion, seizures, fainting
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • High body Temperature (106* or higher)
  • Jumping into a cold pool while someone is having a heat stroke is NOT a good idea. This action could cause a seizure. The body should be cooled down slowly. Use wet cloths, a spray mister and/or fans.

How To Beat The Heat

  1. Jump in a lake! Use caution!
  2. Visit a museum or local library and learn something new!
  3. Bring along some lounge chairs while grocery shopping and hang out in the frozen food section!
  4. Fill a plastic spray bottle with ice cold water and spritz yourself when you feel warm.
  5. Hang a hammock in a shady area and appreciate the gifts of mother nature.
  6. Go to a movie. See a double feature. If temperatures are above 100* then stay for a triple feature!
  7. Hydrate! Drink water! Profuse sweating depletes our body of fluids that we need! Our brain is 70% water. Something to "think" about.
  8. Make multi-color ice cubes using food dye and use them in your tall glass of refreshing water.
  9. Prepare cold, nutritious meals instead of heating up the house using the oven.
  10. Do yard work in the early morning or evening. Avoid mowing your lawn prior to 9 a.m, if by doing so your neighbors might get annoyed.
  11. Plan an exciting adventure and go indoor ice skating.
  12. Be sure and hydrate before going to do exercise outdoors. Our lungs are 90% water and would appreciate the replenishment.
  13. Eat foods that are mostly comprised of water. Fruits and vegetables fit this category. Watermelon, peaches, tomatoes and cucumbers are delicious thirst quenchers.
  14. Fill snack size ziploc bags with ice cubes and place them on the back of your neck to help cool the body off.
  15. Wear hats with wide brims to block the sunshine from your face.
  16. Wet a towel and place it over your head for a temporary, but useful cool down.
  17. Swim in a pool and don't forget your sunscreen!
  18. If your child has an inflatable pool ask if they would share some space with you.
  19. Don't have a pool? Fill your bathtub with cold water and bring along a rubber ducky!
  20. Turn on your lawn sprinklers and while watering your thirsty grass and could run through the sprinkler and cool off.
  21. Go for some retail therapy at your local mall. Shop, browse and enjoy the free air conditioning.
  22. Use ceiling, table top or floor style fans to help reduce your body temperature.
  23. Lean your head into your freezer for a few seconds for a quick cool off.
  24. Make a pitcher of ice cold lemonade or iced tea and sit in the shade while reading a book.
  25. Remember the less movement the better when temperatures are extremely high, so think like a turtle and don't over emphasize your outdoor moves.

The Sun Is Shining


Keith Urban - 'Til Summer Comes Around

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Headaches, dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold, damp skin that's slimy to the touch
  • Irritable or confused
  • Weak pulse
  • Nausea, vomiting

History Of The Tan

According to fashion historians the suntan became a fad due to fashion designer Coco Chanel. In the 1920's she returned from a sailing trip in the Riviera and was sporting an "accidental" tan.

She was a golden brown color and others wanted the achieve the same glow.

Previous to this celebrity incident tanning for centuries was considered unattractive and was only achieved by members of the lower working class.

Don't Give Up!

26. Drinking ice cold beer in the heat sounds appealing to some people. Actually this practice is not beneficial. Alcohol dehydrates the body, robbing it of water that actually helps you cool off.

27. Wear lightweight clothing. Cotton material allows your pores to breathe and absorbs sweat.

28. Clothing should be light-colored because this reflects the heat.

29. Plan a date to a comedy club and laugh a lot and forget about the heat for a bit.

30. Go for an outing on a boat. The ocean breezes will cool you off. If you don't have a boat, find a friend who owns a boat.

31. Post your local temperature as your Facebook status and I guarantee your Facebook friends will beat your temperature and that should make you feel better.

32. Never, ever, ever leave a child in a car. Ever.

33. Never, ever, ever leave a pet in a car. Ever.

34. Have a water balloon fight! Boys against girls. The losing team has to fill up the next round of balloons!

35. Treat yourself to a Slurpee and enjoy the brain freeze.

36. Purchase the largest super soaker you can find. Have a "blast" while aiming for your target!

37. Take an exhilarating, cold shower!

38. Place baby wipes in the fridge for instant cool downs!

39. Have a picnic at your local beach or neighborhood park and listen to Beach Boys songs!

40. Practice reverse psychology and imagine yourself in below zero degree temperatures.

41. Plan a vacation to a cooler area. While it's summer in the States it's winter in Australia. Take a trip down under. Vice Versa for the Aussies.

42. Wait patiently for the ice cream truck to come around. A sweet treat is a sure way to beat the heat.

43. The most significant amount of dangerous UVB rays occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It's during this time that you are at most risk for skin cancer and health related issues. Heed the warnings.

44. Overexposure to the sun causes premature wrinkles so always protect your skin.

45. Run cold water over your wrists every couple of hours. This action helps cool the blood which helps cool you!

46. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day to keep the heat out.

47. Eat smaller meals instead of three large ones. This will prevent your body from overheating while metabolising food.

48. Pop some popcorn and watch the movie "Ice Age." Envision yourself as a character in the movie! That should cool you off.

49. If you can't beat the heat, why not join it! Enjoy the sunshine. Use appropriate precautions!

50. On the flip side sweating helps rid the body of toxins and viruses! I will emphasize that this should be done in moderation!

Keep on shining!

Kenny Chesney - Summertime

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu


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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It was one heck of a party, Effer...I'm still finding your comments from my birthday! :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Beat the heat...chill out! Come to Linda's Birthday Party!! It's air conditioned....and COLD drinks too!! Today 06/25/2014....C'mon....get on over.......Party Tome!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      I feel cool already after reading your hub!! Great tips to beat the heat, loved your photo! Awesome cool!!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I'll go for the bed of ice Linda! lol! have a great weekend!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Rebecca!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cute photo!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Michelle! I hope these ideas help out the folks in Singapore! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Sounds like a great plan Art!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I seriously need to share this again with those who live in Singapore! Thanks Linda!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      A pretty extensive list. I am still going for that ice cold beer on the beach.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I do also Deb. I don't like grocery shopping, but I like the free A/C! Yay!!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Great list. I'm employing several of these ideas now to stay cool. My west-facing office gets hot in the afternoon sun. I love number 3. No matter how hot it is outside, I always leave the grocery store freezing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Rajan! I'm eating a mango to cool off now. I should add that to my list! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Linda, these are nice workable tips. Who doesn't want to cool off on a hot sultry day. And right now we are in the midst of this very season.

      I do many of the things that you mention here.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Debbie, The mermaids are my daughters and granddaughter. It was created via Face In Hole, which is a lot of fun! Thank you for your comment. Stay cool!:)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      how did I miss this hub.. I love the mermaids.. where did you find that picture? I love it.. It was 103 today.. lol.. I love your way of making everything seem so happy and full of



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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm glad you found this hub useful DDE. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome Hub fulled with simple ways to stay cool

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Natasha! Consider us linked :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Sorry, I've been super busy! I finally got the link added! It's on this hub -


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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Cogerson, I'm glad to hear you are using your sunscreen. Emily and Sam are just so adorable. Especially in your avatar photo!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Suzie. I had to give credit to Walmart for the photo since they posted it on Facebook. Thanks for your comment!

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Taking your advice in the backyard doing number 17 on your list. Sam and Emily are swimming, I am checking out HubPages, there is a breeze going on, only feels like 95 out here under the tree by the pool.

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      Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      Another great hub! I loved the photo of the bull dog. LOL :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Teaches! The freezer works wonders! Just don't bump your head! Ouch!:)

      Hi Dancilla, Thank you for stopping by! These tips are useful!:)

      Hi Ishwary, I appreciate your shares and compliments. Thank you!

      Natasha, Feel free to link. Please post your link here so that I could do the same. Thanks!

      ignugent, I appreciate your comment and shares!:)

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Wow great great ideas and I think it will really work. Thanks for all these fantastic ideas of your ideas of yours to keep cool. voted up and shared!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I just wrote a hub on heat illnesses and think this would be a great link! Do you mind if I link your hub in mine?

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      After reading your cool hub, I already felt cool! Being in a country which is hot and humid almost throughout the year, these suggestions are extremely helpful! I often used some cooling tips like wearing light cotton clothes, drinking ice water and all. You gave more handy tips which made me want to use them right now! Well-done!

      P.S. Your daughters and granddaughter looked very pretty and cheerful like you!

      Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      I was laughing at some of the tips you gave. I especially agreed with tip number 2. You also offer some great advice. Great hub, really voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      All great ideas and ones that will make summer a great time of life. Here in sunny Florida, wearing a hat should be a requirement in keeping skin healthy. Also love your ideas about drinking lots of water and foods that are mostly water. I am all for the lemonade. What a sense of humor you have too -- sticking your head in the freezer (I've done that one!)!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi James! I'm happy that you found these tips useful. Bring on the water balloon fights or a super soaker! Thank you for stopping by!:))

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      You create such useful lists Linda, these are all excellent tips. The Summer here has been insane with the heat, these will be a helpful relief from it. Thanks for compiling this list and including your trademark humor. Voted up, shared, useful, interesting, and awesome :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm glad you found this hub interesting trasloch :)

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      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      Interesting Hub

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Ruchira, Your taste in music is fab! Your kid is smart to be using his water really works! Thank you for sharing...I appreciate it and you!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Alecia, I hope my reminder about 32/33 will make people remember that the action of leaving a child or pet in cars is just plain wrong. There are no excuses. I hope you get cooler temps soon! Thank you for your comment!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Beach boys WERE my favorite. Thanks for the memories :)

      My kid has been using a water gun and sprays on himself occasionally when he is sweating

      as one can beat you on this hilarious yet interesting list :))

      awesome!! voted up!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It's sad to hear how many people do 32/33 after all this time and knowledge about heat exhaustion/overheating deaths. But I like these suggestions. The humidity here has been too much and we're just hitting mid-July, I don't even wanna imagine what we'll suffer in August. Great hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Mary, the mermaids are my pride and joy and being their mom and granny I enjoy when I can embarrass them, but they enjoy it and give it back:)

      The spray water bottle is a great idea! I take it along on walks also. Very refreshing. Thanks for your comment!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      mechesire, rfmoran, cristin and Christy! Thank you for your comments. Yes, a Floridian knows all about the heat, but I like it:) I never had a hammock but my neighbor does and they use it often. I appreciate y'all stopping by.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Rika, It's always a pleasure to see my sis!! We actually had a thunderstorm today which cooled off the temps a wee bit. Thank you for your offer of icy air, but I'll pass:)

      I love your idea of the hot water bottle! That's a superb addition to this hub! I think many people will try that now. We thank you!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Vellur, I hope you had a wonderful vacation! Thank you for your compliment on my mermaid granddaughter is actually five years old in the photo but she fits right in with her mom and aunt. Thanks for visiting!:)

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      First off Sunshine, that Photo of your girls is Adorable, as are they! What a Cool, Refreshing Hub read. Great, Great Ideas, I'm going to try #4, so Easy and Practical. Loved the Kenny Chesney Video!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Another awesome list Linda! I bet your daughters got a kick out of the photo :) We had a hammock when I was younger in our family's backyard and it was great with the shade from the trees.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Good hub I just wish we had some heat in the UK so I could put it into practice.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great Hub, voted up and useful. Only a person from Florida could write this stuff. Good photos too, especially the bull dog on the rocks.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Great Hub. Wonderful pics and info. I love your humor. Voted up for awesome and funny.

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      Rika Susan 5 years ago from South Africa

      Terrific list, Linda! Wish I could pass along some of our icy weather here in South Africa!

      In our summer my favorite tip can be added to number 14. When I know it is too hot for a comfortable night ahead, I fill a rubber hot water bottle with ice water. I then place this in the freezer for an hour and a half to two hours. With this icy 'companion' at my feet, I cool right down and can go to sleep easily. It remains cold for many hours. It is cheap, it is easy and it works!


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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!! great list of things to do to cool off. The picture is beautiful with 3 pretty mermaids. Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tills, Hahaha! A turtle with a super soaker! My imagination is going wild right now! :-)

      I think the freezer would be safer than the oven! Hahaha! Thanks for the laughs! ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent idea Trinity! I suggested Australia, but the Southern Hemisphere is beautiful also! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!:)

      Hi Dexter, Haha! I think I just might do that also! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi M, Thank you for your comment and cool face! ^ .^

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      A sizzling list! I think you might want to keep those mermaids close to home ;) Super soakers and turtles...great combination...imagine a turtle chasing you with a super soaker.

      Voted up, useful and funny. (I think my husband told me to stick my head in the freezer once...or was that the oven?)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      I love this list! I am going to tell a few people to go "jump in a lake" today! Awesome!

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      Nice hub. I’ll add #51 – take a nice long vacation to the Southern hemisphere; it’s winter there now but without the snow with lovely warm days with lots of sunshine sans the heat. Up and useful. :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Shine!! I love this hub..very cool ^;^

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Audra! We could have a water balloon fight after we play on your outdoor playground! Yes, no pets in car. Ever.

      Hi Kelly, Leaning into the freezer works, it works better if you have wet hair...itkind of freezes your hair, but it cools you down!:)

      Just remember the heat won't last forever. Ice Age 3 comes out this weekend!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Roly, I've heard about all the rain in the UK. I hope you dry out soon!

      Hi anil and honey, I'm not sure about the weather in India but if you have hot and humid days feel free to use these tips.

      I appreciate your comments.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I'm thinking about leaning my head in a freezer today. I can't believe how hot this weather has been this summer. We were all ready to go to the neighborhood pool but have been staying inside a lot. Yuck! Shared and voted up! Kelley

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I am ready for a balloon fight!!! Very informative! Like the one...Never leave pets in the car!! Voted up!

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Good, But India (my country) is utterly difference form your atmosphere

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      RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

      Tip 51 - You could move to the UK, we are halfway through the summer and it has rained nearly every day!



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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Mary, I totally understand. I usually end up doing my yardwork during the hottest part of the day. I do like a good sweat, I suffer later on in the day! Thanks for your comment!

      drbj, I forgot that Ice Age 3 came out this weekend! Thank you for the reminder!!

      Alocsin, Stay cool...think COLD.

      Thank you all for your comments!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Michelle, I'm glad you found some of these tips useful. Thanks for sharing!

      Hey Rick, Come know you want a brain freeze! We look forward to that rush of cold and the pain that comes along with it!:)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This couldn't have come at a better time. It's near 90 degrees F in Southern California, and it's supposed to get hotter as the week progresses. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Great cooling tips, Linda. I especially like #48 - watching the film, 'Ice Age.' Since I have already seen it, I'll go to the movies this weekend when #3 in that series is slated to start.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Great ways to beat the heat. I, too, live in Florida, and love the heat. I'm working outside in the yard while my neighbors are inside in the AC.

      Cute mermaids!

      I voted this UP and will share, too.

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      Enjoy the brain freeze! Are you crazy? Wait ... we already know the answer to that! Great hub Sunshine! Lots of great ideas here, well, except number 35!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      You have covered it all!!!!! I´ll give your tips list to my sister who recently moved to Monterrey (North Mexico) and is having a hard time with the overwhelming summer heat. I´m sharing as well with fellow hubbers.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great ideas, Sunshine. Especially since the heat where I am is all year round!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey Daisy...I bet you would rather be at the lake! Ouch to your bite!

      Hi Rebecca, I'm glad you liked Kenny Chesney's video...he has many others that you might enjoy! 106* in Hotlanta! Wow! Good luck with that!

      Thank you both!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Dana, Thank you for adding your fantastic idea to use fruit juice as ice cubes! That's an awesome idea! :)

      Hi Nell, I hope you get some sunshine real soon!!!

      Heather, WOW 112* is inhumane! I can't imagine. Your misting system sounds great! We have some of those in the Disney resort areas. The tourists appreciate them as do the locals.

      Thank you all for sharing!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stephanie that's a great idea for your cat! I am going to place a wet towel on my bunny, I didn't even think of that. I recently learned that bunnies can't cool themselves off so Cupcake thanks you also!:) Good luck with the hot temps!!

      Hi Docmo...You could always buy some Mickey Mouse cotton t-shirts when you arrive in Orlando! I bet your family is excited for your trip.

      Thank you both for stopping by this sauna of a hub!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent addition to the list Sherri! Thank you for adding that! Also the site is ... there is also an app. for the iPhone called Face In Hole ... it's too much fun!! :)

      Hey Terrye, Skinny dipping with a cowboy is a fab idea also!! Great addition to the list, watch out for those gators! No one wants anything "chomped" off! Haha!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Jools, I sure hope that you, Nell and Docmo get some sunshine really soon. The rain must clear up before the London Olympics start!!

      Effer, Thanks for inspiring my heat hub! I so enjoy our conversations!!:)

      Thank you both for your comments!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      dwachira, I am sending you some much needed heat...feel free to send out a bit of cold. Just a touch. Not too much!:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome Hub! It got all the way up to 106 in Hotlanta last week. Gorgeous daughters. I have never heard this Kenny Chestnut song. I like it! I am so used to the Billy Stewart version of Summer time and the living is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high version.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda (Sunshine),

      The *List Diva" does it again! Thanks for creating this very helpful and fun list.

      Right now, it's 3:15pm in sunny Southern California and 81°F. I would have gone to the lake today that's only a mile from my house, but I'm suffering from an allergic reaction to a spider bite and have to stay indoors.

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      Heather Rode 5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Great ideas. It's 112 here in AZ this week (nothing out of the ordinary and I'm pretty used to it since I'm a native Arizonian). We have an outdoor misting system that makes a world of difference for sure! Voted useful!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I could feel the heat from here! lol! these are great ideas, I just wish we could use them over here! its been the wettest summer for a hundred years! 3 months of torrential rain! its driving me mad! lol!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Another amazing list. These are great ideas! I almost don't mind the heat so much anymore... almost.

      I will expand on number 8 - make ice cubes using fruit juice and put them in your cocktail for fun colors AND fun flavors!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      I wish we had a hot enough summer here in UK to do all that - but so far- nada! I'll print this out for Florida, I think. I'm packing cool cotton stuff. As usual, sensible advice, outrageous humor and warm sentiments. You've done it again, Sunshine. VU and awesome.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This heat wave is giving me cabin fever as I tend to hide out in the AC! I definitely follow the "least amount of movement" and "eat ice cream" philosophy! When we do have to be more active in the heat, your tips for cooling down and staying cooler are wonderful! I even wet a towel with cool water and wipe down the cat ... believe it or not, he loves it! Voted up and tweeted!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      So, skinny dippin' in a lake with a cowboy at midnight would be acceptable? They could watch for gators while I cool off. :) VUM!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bill, I could so picture you and Bev hanging out in the frozen food section. I would do it. I've considered doing it many times. Walmart keeps their frozen food department in insanely frigid temperatures. Thanks for your message.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I'll add to 16, put that cold wet towel around your neck and let it drape onto your chest. Change it every 5 minutes.

      Wonderful did you create that pic of your daughters and grandchild? It's awesome!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tina, That's what is great about this hub! It's useful all year long since it's always summer somewhere in this world! I'll be sure and remind you of this info when you are in the hot, humid months of summer! Thank you for your comment.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Josh, It's time for you to go shopping for that rubber ducky! Just sayin'! Thanks for bringing your witty humor to the hub :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Carissa, Good timing with the ice cream!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Love Doc! I bet you know how to keep cool, you are used to sweltering temperatures. Thanks for stopping by! If you ever join again let me know:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Janine, I'm glad you enjoyed your retail therapy and I bet your gang is looking forward to your beach vacation! Thanks for the share!:)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Those are the cutest mermaids ever. Guess I don't have to tell you how I feel about the heat. I think by now, the world of people who know me.....KNOW!

      I LOVE your list, covered just about every way imagineable.......and I use every one........always will.

      This is actually a public service you have published!! Thanks!!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, this had me smiling in places. I love #3 on your list and am just imagining the freezer section in my local supermarket - hee hee.

      It is pouring down with rain again tonight where I live and this morning our thermostat temperature was so low that it triggered out central heating to come on - in July for God's Sakes!

      This hub was a welcome tonic - I wish I was sitting in your yard right now, feet up, supping on a beer, watching the world go by.....warm!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Sunshine625, i wish i can enjoy that heat now. The whole of East Africa is freezing, today it was extremely cold. I like the idea of visiting a museum, i have a number of months since i visited one. Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Number three is easily my favorite. I have this picture in my mind of hundreds of shoppers camped out in front of the frozen peas in the grocery store. LOL Great suggestions!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a great list and so many good tips! I am still waiting for warmer weather here but I will remember your list when (if) it comes! Extreme heat is tiresome and also dangerous so this list must be very useful! You did a great job as always!


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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Awesome list! But you know me I can't resist from being funny...I don't have a ruber duckie, what ever should I do?? ROFL. Great job on this one, I will remember to never leave my pet in the car, I don't have to worry about the kid part...yet!

      Thanks for another list well done Linda! Keep 'em coming!

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      carissa 5 years ago

      Nice! Me and faith are enjoying ice cream right now!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I enjoyed these too. Great tips to cool off. #3 is hilarious! #19 is pretty funny and #23, I've done this before. Lovely pics of the mermaids. I meant to tell you that I'm not on Facebook anymore. voted up

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Just read and totally enjoyed. I did #21 today to get ready to go on a mini vacation later in the week to the beach with the family. Thanks for this list again and am sharing and voting it up of course!!