Are you ready for summer?
After the last couple of years and the restrictions which were associated with the pandemic, the answer must be a resounding YES.
So, as you prepare for it, here are a few facts to keep in mind if the summer gets very hot:
Pay attention to weather reports
The Met Office website will provide information about any weather warnings. This will allow you to plan your days accordingly and for the most suitable times for your outings.
Avoid going out during the hottest hours
While very tempting, avoid exposure to the sun between 11:00 and 15:00. These time slots are the hottest of the day. If you have errands to run or if you have to travel, ideally choose early mornings or late afternoons.
Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. The NHS recommends drinking 1.2 litres of water a day (six to eight glasses). Drinking coffee and tea is fine, but you can also consider herbal teas and fresh fruit smoothies.
Heat may suppress your appetite, but it is recommended to eat as normally as possible. Choosing fresh seasonal foods may help you whet your appetite.
Moisten your body and face
Moisten your face with cool water to lower your body temperature. Try to stay in a cool room and wear light clothing.
Reduce the temperature of your home
Keep your windows and curtains closed during the day to limit the rise in temperature in your home. Conversely, open them at night to refresh it. If you have air conditioning, set it so that the temperature is 5°C (41° F) below the outside temperature.
Store your food in the refrigerator
Take care not to leave your frozen and perishable foods outside. High temperatures favour the development of microbes.
Cool off in parks or gardens
Parks and some gardens offer shaded and often cooler areas. If you have green spaces near you, do not hesitate to go there to refresh yourself for a while and have a picnic al fresco.
Protect you skin and eyes against the sun and UV light The NHS advises to cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses. It recommends a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are classified according to wavelength: UVA (longest wavelength), UVB (medium wavelength), and UVC (shortest wavelength).
In summary, be ready for the summer and whether it is a hot or fresh one, you can refresh yourself with our teas just by adding ice to your favourite blend. Whatever the temperature is this summer, make sure you enjoy it!