Beat The Heatwave!

By Aminah Madihah

Keep your cool in this scorching heat.

The current heatwave has been a challenge for many Malaysians, as temperatures soar to record highs. The average daily maximum temperature has exceeded 37°C, which makes it very hard to even walk out to get lunch in the afternoon!

It is said by NST that the current heatwave is expected to last until June. However, there are ways to beat the heat and stay cool now, even in the hottest weather. Here are some tips:

1. Stay hydrated
Of course, starting off with the most important thing - drink your water! Although some of us depend on caffeine to get through the day, try to avoid it as it can dehydrate you. Instead, opt for water, herbal tea, or sports drinks, which contain electrolytes that can help replace lost fluids and minerals.

2. Eat food with high water content
Fruits and vegetables can help keep you hydrated throughout this heatwave. Some excellent options include watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries, oranges, and celery which you can munch on throughout the day and juice for a refreshing drink. These not only provide hydration but also contain important nutrients and antioxidants.

3. Use cooling products
If the heat gets too bad to the point it’s affecting you physically, try using a cooling towel, which can be pre-soaked in cold water and wrapped around your neck to lower your body temperature. Or use a cooling gel or spray to cool your skin. You can also apply ice packs to your pulse points, such as your wrists and neck.

4. Dress appropriately
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics to allow air to circulate and keep you cool. Dark colours absorb more heat, so opt for lighter colours that reflect sunlight.

You should also wear a cap or hat to shade your head, as direct sunlight on it can cause a headache.

5. Stay indoors during peak hours
Try to stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, typically from midday to mid-afternoon. If you need to be outside, find shade and take breaks in air-conditioned buildings. If you don't have access to air conditioning, use a fan or take a cool shower to lower your body temperature.

Share with us how you’ve been keeping cool these days at @Graduan!

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