How To Survive A Heatwave

how to survive a heatwave

When it rains 99% of the year in Scotland, I know I really shouldn’t moan about the warm weather.  A heatwave has struck the UK, and Glasgow even reached an impressive 32 degrees last week! Who knew that was possible?

As much as I’m enjoying the warm weather, I’ve been struggling a bit too. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t complain if I was next to a pool with a cocktail in hand. However, when you’re stuck inside a stuffy flat, sweating buckets and struggling to sleep it’s kinda a different story.

how to survive a heatwave

However, I’ve been trying out a few different things and I think I’m finally adjusting to these tropical temperatures… Here’s how to survive a heatwave:

Ditch the duvet

If you’re anything like me then it’s almost impossible to sleep in this heat. It’s time to ditch the duvet. If you do like to have something covering you when you sleep then replace the duvet with a thin cotton sheet!

Smother on the suncream

I wear an SPF on my face everyday regardless of the weather, but when the sun is beating down on you it’s important to make sure you’re applying it all over your body too!

Drink loads of water

I always try to drink lots of water, but it’s even more important in summer to make sure you’re hydrated. If you’re heading out the house, make sure you’ve got a bottle of water with you!

A face mist is your new best friend

The Body Shop recently came out with a range of face mists, and I’ve been taking one in my bag with me wherever I go. They’re really refreshing and help to cool your face down when you’re out and about.

If you’re wearing make up then you may want to use a setting spray before you head out too. It’ll help to make sure that your make up doesn’t slide off. I love the NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray – it’s not too expensive and a little goes a long way.

You can’t go wrong with an ice lolly or two

For the last month or so, ice cream and ice lollies have been a large part of my diet and I’m loving it. They really do help to cool you down even if it’s only temporarily.

Wear as little clothes as possible

Sounds much more saucy than it is tbh. The more you wear, the more you’ll sweat. I’ve been chucking on a floaty dress or a pair of culottes everyday to keep cool. This colourful Primark dress is my current favourite.

how to survive a heatwave

how to survive a heatwave

Have you been faced with warm weather recently? How are you dealing with it? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Chloe says:

    One of my top tips for cooling yourself down in a heatwave is running your wrists under the cold tap for a minute or two. Don’t ask me how it works – I was given the tip about 6 years ago and use it religiously now – but it’s a sure fire way of cooling yourself down!

    Chloe x

    • rbekhaj says:

      I sometimes do that before bed if I’m struggling to sleep on a warm night! I thought it sounded strange when I first heard it, but you’re right, it definitely works x

  • I do love that dress.

    I was sleeping with a cold flannel on my face (my bedroom was 31 degrees last week, but we normally manage to get it down to a balmy 27…) but a pal recommended I try it on my stomach instead. Absolute game-changer. Though I seem to be suffering proper heatstroke this past couple of days and woke up with an absolutely thumping headache this morning. BRING ON THE RAIN.


    • rbekhaj says:

      I’m a bit obsessed with the dress tbh – it’s taking a lot of self restraint to not wear it everyday!
      Aw that’s such a good idea! Think I might have to try that trick out tonight. Hope you’ve managed to get rid of the headache xx

  • Laila says:

    That dress is stunning! I’ve seen it on so many people and it looks great on them. Never did buy it though which is a shame. These are great tips! The duvet one is always such an annoying one.

  • Tony Burgess says:

    I live in the southern USA and it’s hot here at least 45% of the year. Having a fan or air conditioning along with cool beverages and shade help.

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