Keep your cool this summer

Feels like 40°C and the temptation to switch on the ac and refuse to leave the house before summer is over will soon start getting increasingly harder to resist. However, if the heat has not, as yet, impaired your good senses, you will probably realise that this approach to beating the heat would be somewhat problematic in the long run.

Malta International Airport and the Meteorological Office found some time to put together a list of practical ways that can make the heat less insufferable. After all, summer is a pretty great season if you know how to keep your cool!

  • For a short-term solution, book a flight to one of our cooler destinations. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia are a few of the countries we fly to that promise a haven from the heat for a few days.
  • Keep handy a facial spritzer, which will refresh you when you feel as though you’re wilting.
  • Avoid using dishwashers, dryers, and cookers in the morning, as these appliances all release a fair amount of heat.
  • Substitute your hot beverages with cool, iced coffees, milkshakes, and smoothies and substitute big meals with fresh snacks, salads, frozen yoghurt, and fruit ice-lollies. Costa Coffee and Dr Juice at the airport have you sorted in this regard.
  • Cut down on alcohol as this can lead to dehydration and drink plenty of water.
  • Upon getting in your car, open the windows to let the warm, stifling air out before turning on cooling. Alternatively, park at the SkyParks Business Centre underground car park, if you’re at the airport or the whereabouts.
  • Go for light, loose-fitting clothing and natural fabrics like cotton, rather than synthetic ones like polyester.
  • Animals feel the heat too, so make sure that your pets have enough water to drink and a place in the shade where to rest. And if you’re feeling extra kind, why not put out a bowl of water for any strays that might be roaming the street?

Remember that not everyone’s body adjusts to the heat in the same way and some people, especially the elderly, may be particularly vulnerable to suffering heat stress. In such cases, we recommend you seek the advice of a doctor.