Perth: 16 keep cool tips for this weekend’s heatwave

Young hispanic woman suffering for summer heat and lack of air conditioning at home. Black girl covered with sweat sleeping on floor with head inside fridge.
Young hispanic woman suffering for summer heat and lack of air conditioning at home. Black girl covered with sweat sleeping on floor with head inside fridge.

WITH the weather predicted to peak at 36 degrees on Saturday and Sunday in Perth by the Bureau of Meteorology – those of us without air conditioning are breaking out a sweat just thinking about the coming heat wave.

There are ways to beat the heat when your $15 Kmart fan just isn’t cutting it anymore.

Here are our top 16 tips for keeping cool this weekend: 

1 Pop your sheets or a damp flannel in the freezer

Throw a cool sheet over your body and a cold flannel on your head to cool down in bed.

2 Nap during the hottest part of the day

Avoid the hottest part of the day by napping through it – it’ll be even better with the cold sheets and flannel.

3 Rig up a redneck airconditioning unit

A bowl of ice placed in front of a fan will cool down a room.

4 Keep curtains and blinds shut during the day

The curtains and blinds will keep out the hottest of the suns rays.

5 Wet the house down with a hose in the late afternoon

Then open the windows and blinds – the temperature of the afternoon sea breeze will drop as it flows through the wet windows and cool the house.

6 Take your clothes off

Lose the layers and Netflix in your undies.

7 Eat a curry and drink hot tea

It’s what they do in the tropics! People living in India swear by drinking and eating hot food to cool down. A number of studies have found that hot foods and drinks increase sweating and drops the body’s heat load.

8 Ice your pulse points

Pop ice on your wrists, ankles, elbows, neck and behind the knees.

9 Sleep alone

In summer singles have the advantage over couples. This is the time to sneak off to sleep alone on the couch!

10 On the floor is even cooler

Even better – drag your mattress on to the floor – remember hot air rises and cool air falls.

11 Get out of the house

Visit the library or the shops – they’ll have air conditioning!

12 Don’t run the dishwasher or dryer

These appliances push out hot air and humidity.

13 Eat salads and fruit

Running the oven and the stovetop heats up the house. This is the time to eat fresh salads and fruit, fire up the barbeque if you must cook.

14 Grains stay cooler longer

Pillows and bags filled with rice and buckwheat placed in the freezer will stay cold for 30 minutes.

14 Cool treats

Stock up on the Zooper Doopers – now is the time for unlimited icy treats!

15 Buy a spray bottle

Even better, keep it in the fridge and spray yourself throughout the day.

15 Get a paddle pool

It is your home now.