Aussies are giving advice to ‘sensitive’ Brits as they’re struck by a massive 41C heatwave: ‘Try a fan and an ice block’
- UK is set to be hotter than the Delhi and the Sahara Desert on Monday hitting 41C
- Irish man living in London to to Reddit to ask Aussies if they had any advice
- Many advised drinking lots of water and sleeping with a frozen towel to stay cool
Australians are giving advice to British people on how to cope in extreme heat as the UK is set to record its hottest day in history.
The teacher explained the school they work in doesn’t have air conditioning – like most buildings in the UK.
‘Temperatures are going to hit 39C/102F in London in the next few days. You fine folk are more used to it than me, has anyone got any tips on how not to melt?’ he wrote.
‘Before you start calling me a Pom, I’m Irish. If you’re going to take the p*** at least be accurate! Serious tips and mockery encouraged in equal measure.’
Australians are giving advice to British people on how to cope in extreme heat as the UK is set to record its hottest day in history. Pictured: Margate beach in Kent was packed Sunday as thousands of people made their way to the coast to enjoy the glorious sunshine before temperatures skyrocket on Monday and Tuesday
‘Edit: it’s worth adding I’m a teacher and will be in work in a building with no air conditioning,’ he added.
Britain could be hotter than Delhi and the Sahara Desert on Monday with experts predicting the mercury could reach 41C – double the UK summer average.
The UK’s Met Office has issued the first ever red heat warning, with motorists urged to be wary of tyres melting and warping on the street.
Many Aussies advised making sure hats, sunscreen and water bottles are a requirement for all children and adults while others advised freezing towels to stay cool on the street.
‘I’m also a teacher and although we have aircon we do have a few things we regularly employ on those hot days to keep the kids cool,’ one Aussie wrote.
‘First, hats, sunscreen and water bottles are a requirement, not optional (no hat, no play). Let kids wet their hats and fill up drink bottles as often as needed.
Many Aussies advised making sure hats, sunscreen and water bottles are a requirement for all children and adults while others advised freezing towels to stay cool on the street
‘Turn the lights out- this one is mostly psychological but for some reason it seems to help! I should add that we don’t have blinds on our windows- if you do you should shut them to keep the heat out!
‘I bought a few plastic spray bottles from a $2 shop (the kind you would mist your hair or a pot plant with) and walk around misting the kids during lessons- they love it!
‘Fans on all day. If you don’t have a ceiling fan it might be worth springing for a standing fan.
‘Make the most of your morning sessions and slow down progressively throughout the day. By the mid afternoon when it’s really hot and the kids are done you should just be doing mindful activities like reading.
‘I also let the kids eat whenever they want on days like that- keeps energy up and lots bring frozen drinks etc from home.
People enjoy the hot weather at Hathersage open air swimming pool in Hope Valley, in the Peak District, Derbyshire as they try to stay cool today
The Met Office is warning temperatures could reach 40C in some parts of the UK, with large parts of England set to see their hottest ever day on Tuesday
‘Buy a few bags of cheap icy poles and stick them in the freezer (both our staff freezer and home ec freezer are full in summer!).
‘Lastly- get the hose out at playtime and give them a quick all-over spray.
‘Water wastage is a big deal here but on those insanely hot days it can help cool everyone off and bring a bit of relief if you have even a quick spray. Plus- so fun!
‘Alternatively sometimes we just fill a bucket and give them sponges that they then throw at each other etc
‘For yourself stick a wet cloth in the freezer and enjoy that bad boy at recess.’
Another wrote: ‘The worst part is that your structures aren’t great with the heat as they’re designed to keep the heat in.
People sunbathe at the West Reservoir in London today ahead of what are predicted to be two of the warmest days on record
‘My advice is to not spend too much time indoors, go outside (in a shaded area w/a frozen 1.5L bottle of ice and cool wet towels) and stay hydrated.
‘If you are indoors make sure there are a few fans, and a thermometer inside.
‘Keep the house with the windows closed, blinds shut and electricity off. Though it’s only a 39C day, inside your house might get to upwards of 45C.
‘With teaching (I’m a teacher too), keep the windows open, fans going and stay hydrated.
‘Ice blocks or even chewing ice is great too, keeps your core temperature low.’
Another commented: ‘Lived through a few high 30s heatwaves in London, and it’s total s***, sorry mate. No aircon, no airflow, heat radiating off every surface. You’re gonna be miserable.
‘Best you can do is get some pedestal fans with some bags of peas, cooling mats and drink as much as you can (water, or alcohol to knock you out).
‘One of the worst cities to live in during high temps, sorry’ he added.
A woman holds a fan as she tries to stay cool while travelling on the London Underground today. Bosses at Transport for London are urging people not to travel if possible on Monday and Tuesday
Others advised ‘really thinking about water intake’ and ‘do as much as you can in the evening’ avoiding the hottest part of the day.
‘Freezing damp towels is the best tip – even just positioning a couple around you on a bed is usually enough to cool you down sufficiently to fall asleep on a hot night,’ said one.
‘Block as much sun from getting into buildings as you can and open up all the windows at night to let the cool air in,’ said one.
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‘When outside, avoid hard surfaces as much as possible as hard surfaces create hot spots. Stay out of the sun as much as you can, cover up, wear sunnies and take an umbrella to keep the sun off of you. Sunburn is horrible in hot weather.,’ said another.
The UK’s Met Office has also explained heat feels hotter in the UK than many other countries due to high humidity which means its harder for the human body to cool as sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly.
UK building are also ‘designed to keep heat in, compared to hotter countries’, which means the temperature often doesn’t drop below 20C at night – meaning Brits have no respite to cool down at night.