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It’s official – we are well and truly baking in this heat.
The good old British summer has arrived with full force; we’re seeing some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far and several weather warnings have been issued due to the extreme temperatures.
Sadly, our crumbly old houses are not built for such hot weather, seeing us fling open every window and stock up on fans in a bid to keep ourselves cool.
However, our basic intuition may be entirely misleading us, as opening your windows may very well be the worst thing we could do in this sort of weather.
Speaking on This Morningk, the show’s resident Doctor Mark explained that opening the window can cause the hot air from outside to flood inside your house – making things feel even more sweltering.
Instead, the NHS advises that you use curtains to keep the heat from entering your house.
“Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors,” the advice reads.
Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed.”
However, there is a time where opening the windows to battle the heat is sensible.
Temperatures tend to plummet when the sun sets, and while the nights are certainly warm and sticky at the minute, it’s much cooler outdoors than our houses which have been baking in the sunshine all day.
Just remember to close them when the sun rises, and draw your curtains to stop as much sun coming as possible - and be sure to drink plenty of water to keep us hydrated.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention adds that the best way to beat the heat is to use air-conditioning – something not many of our houses are privy to.
At the very least, we can at least try these new tips to keep us cool in the summer heat.
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