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How To Keep Cool Outside In The Aussie Summer

How To Keep Cool Outside In The Aussie Summer.

It’s fair to say that even the most sun-loving people get frustrated with the unrelenting heat that the Australian summer can sometimes bring. If this is you, you’re certainly not alone. Stepping outside may be the furthest thing on your mind when the temperature rises above 35 degrees, but unless you’re content with staying inside the whole day, chances are you’ll eventually need to venture outside. But don’t worry. There are a number of ways you can still stay cool, even on a scorching hot day. Apart from having a good old fashioned water fight with your friends and family, here are 3 ways you can stay cool when outside during the hot Australian summer.

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1. Drinks lots of water.

During even the mildest of summer days, it’s important that you stay well hydrated and drink lots of water (2 litres minimum, per day). Not only will drinking enough water help keep all the body’s vital organs and systems running optimally, but a nice cold drink can help to bring your overall body temperature down (water holds heat). It helps to stock a few litres of water in the freezer to pull out on those hot days. You can take them with you on your way to work or school, and sip them throughout the day. You may also want to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol on particularly hot days. Sure, a nice cold alcoholic beverage may seem alluring (especially when at a BBQ – visit Barbeques Galore Australia for a nice selection of great BBQs), but it will only dehydrate you, and this will increase your body temperature.

2. Wear breathable clothing.

There’s nothing worse than being stuck outside, under the scorching sun, wearing clothing that doesn’t breathe well. It’s just plain uncomfortable, and you won’t enjoy your time outside this way. That’s why it’s important to only wear breathable fabric when outside. Breathable clothing (natural fibres such as cotton are best) allows proper ventilation between your body and the outside world, and as such, can help to keep your body temperature down. Also, choose looser fitting and lighter coloured clothing to further help your body stay cool on one of those hot iconic Australian summer days.

3. Wear a hat.

Not only is wearing a hat effective in preventing certain forms of skin cancer, but the inherent shade it brings can help bring your body temperature down. Note that you’ll need to make sure your hat is made from natural fibres (such as cotton) that breathe well and allow the heat from your body to pass through to the outside. If your hat isn’t breathable, then it will act as an insulator, serving to increase your body temperature. If you can, choose a wide-brimmed hat instead of a cap to give you maximum shade.

Staying cool during an Australian summer is challenging at times, but certainly not impossible. Make sure you drink lots of water, wear breathable clothing, and wear a nice, wide-brimmed hat before you venture outside. Doing this will help keep your body temperature down, which will allow you to feel comfortable on even the hottest of days.

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