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My Top Ten Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Updated on June 30, 2012

"Summertime and the living is easy", so said the Gershwins. Well, living is not always that easy. Sometimes the weather becomes too hot to bear, sapping our energy and making us want to move somewhere cooler. I know, we all say during the cold, cold winter that we will never complain when it gets hot, but we always do. We never seem to get used to it even though we know there will be a day or two in which the weather is hot and muggy. It is especially harder when those hot, muggy days seems to last for a week or longer.

But, have no fear, there are ways to beat the heat. My top ten ways to beat the summer heat are listed below, if you have any to add please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the hub.

1. Keep Cool

The best way to keep cool during the summer is to enjoy some ice cream, or frozen yoghurt or a smoothie. My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla, although I do also like Ben and Gerry's Chunky Monkey. I love to have a bowl of ice cream or frozen yoghurt with fresh berries on top.


2. Drink Lots of Water

It is important during very hot weather that you drink a lot of water. I find that lukewarm water is a lot better than ice cold water and that I can drink a lot more. Your system seems to handle it better.

3. Stay Indoors

If possible, you should stay indoors between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, that is when the sun is at it's hottest. When you are indoors, close your drapes if you have direct sun and turn on the air conditioner, a ceiling or a floor fan.

4. Lukewarm Showers

Nothing cools you off faster than taking a lukewarm shower. Just letting the water pour over your body is pleasant in itself. You will stay cool for a couple of hours after.

5. Stay in Air Conditioning

If you don't have air conditioning, visit a place that does such as the local mall or the local movie theatre. A couple of hours in that atmosphere will cool you off nicely.

Strawberries and frozen yoghurt
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6. Go Swimming

Find a pool and go swimming. There are public pools if you don't have one. Or you can buy an inflatable pool for your backyard, one big enough for adults and kids. If you live in an apartment without a pool you can buy a kiddie pool and stick your feet in it to cool off.

7. Create a Cross Draft in your Home

Keep all the windows in your house open, that will create a nice cross draft that will help to cool you off.

8. Dress in Light Colored Clothing

Light colored clothing helps to repel the heat, unlike dark clothing which seem to absorb it all. Natural fibers such as cotton are best. You can also buy clothing that gives you sun screen protection.

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9. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a necessity if you are going to be out in the sun for any period of time. You might also consider wearing a hat and sitting under a lawn umbrella.

10. Eat Lots of Fruit

Fresh fruits will always cool you off. Summertime is a time when most berries are still in season, peaches are in wide supply and oranges are good any time of year. As I mentioned, I like to add fresh berries to my ice cream. But berries can be made into pies, added to cakes and made to create incredible desserts.


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    Melanie Chisnall 

    6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Summer is just around the corner for us in South Africa, so this was perfect time for reading. Cold showers in summer seem to leave you feeling even hotter afterward, so I'll be giving the lukewarm ones a try this time. And eating ice cream and frozen yoghurt to keep cool? That's a given! Thanks for this - terrific tips to beat summer :)

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    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I also have heard that lukewarm water is better than ice cold water.. I will keep that in mind. Useful tips here worldwide.

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    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for the comments. I'm so grateful that the worst of the summer heat seems to have passed.'s still early in August...

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    I have resorted to warm showers for the summer, it dies feel better. Like the cross draft idea. Great suggestions I. Keeping cool during these hot months.

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    6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Super tips, especially about the lukewarm shower. A cold one seems to shock your metabolism into a short euphoria which doesn't last and leaves you feeling hotter a short while later. Lukewarm is just right. Especially if it's accompanied by a breeze from a window or a fan as you dry. Nude is best for this drying. :)

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    6 years ago from Charleston, SC

    I live in Charleston SC., so all your tips apply. The other day I put the crockpot outside to cook dinner (we don't have a grill) and I made potato salad in the microwave. Phew, it's hot.

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    Shelley Watson 

    6 years ago

    Hi uninvitedwriter, Here in the southern hemisphere we are cold right now, but our long 9 month summer is coming and I will be following your advice!

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    Kaili Bisson 

    6 years ago from Canada

    mmm...Chunky Monkey! Finally a little cooler here today - down to a way more tolerable 85. Thank you for sharing these tips!

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    6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

    Buncha wimps. (Kiddin' ya!) It's 108 here in Las Vegas today. :) You walk out of your house and it feels like someone left the oven door open! :)

    Want me to send you some of this, billybuc? :)

    Thanks for sharing the tips to beat the heat, good advice! I am staying inside between 1:00 and 4:00 today because of this heat. Almost everywhere you go here it is air conditioned, which makes it bearable.

    Oh, but it's a dry heat, so it's ok! (he he!!!!)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 

    6 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Here in Upstate NY we experience overwhelming heat. Many heat advisories as well. I'm either in the air conditioning or in the pool.

    Your hub cooled me off just reading it.

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    Bill Holland 

    6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I'm reading this to show my support for you....I mention that because in Washington we have no summer heat. None! Summer has skipped right over us so far. If, on the off chance, summer actually shows up, I will remember this hub and the great tips. :)


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