Just came across a post about how people in the UK genuinely don’t know how to deal with hot weather, especially since their buildings are designed to keep heat in at all costs, not let any out. The post also said to offer tips instead of mockery, so.
* Hot air rises. Get down as low as you can. People used to move their beds to the porch downstairs to sleep, for a reason. I’ve slept on the kitchen floor before, just to be on non-carpeted low ground.
* As much as iced drinks are traditionally associated with summer, you actually are better off drinking hot things. Hot things will help you adapt, as opposed to a temporary relief from a cold drink and then feeling hotter afterward (and possibly get headaches and/or stomach cramps from the assault on your core temperature).
* Ditto with regard to showers. Cooler water will make you feel better for a few minutes while you’re in it; hot water will help you feel better for an hour or so after you’re out. Just make sure you’ve got ventilation so you’re not steaming up your house.
* If you can get a window air conditioner, be aware that you’ll use more electricity turning it off and then back on when it gets hot again than leaving it on to maintain the temperature. Also, they dump water - have a plan for it to go somewhere other than your wall.
* If you can’t get an air conditioner, you need at least two (2) fans. One fan just kind of limply stirs the air; two fans can set up a cross-breeze to make it a bit easier to breathe. Two desktop fans pointed at opposite corners of the room can actually do a fairly decent job at making a room livable.
* If you put a damp cloth or a bowl of ice in front of a fan, it will make a crude air conditioner. There’s versions which involve coolers, aquarium pumps, copper tubing, buckets, or random other stuff, but I’ve never tried them and your mileage may vary. The ice in front of a fan thing is something I’ve done, though, and while it’s not perfect, it helps.
* No tight clothes if you can help it. Notice that the native adaptations to hot weather are basically either 1. near naked or 2. cotton bedsheet styles. Also, darker clothes will make you sweatier than light colors will.
* Drink water like it’s your job, but be careful about your electrolytes. If you’re peeing clear, that’s good - but maybe drink some broth or Gatorade at some point.
* Noon-3 is the hottest part of the day and the reason so many hot countries have a traditional siesta during that time. Plan around that. Your goal for that time of day is to be motionless and in air conditioning, or at least shade.
* Cornstarch (cornflour?) based baby powder, lightly dusted in strategic places, will help prevent swampcrotch and underboob sweats. Talc-based baby powder will chafe and probably give you a rash. Read the label, and if you can’t find a non-talc baby powder, get a powder puff and the stuff from the baking aisle. It works the same, it’s just not perfumed.
* Read the symptoms of heatstroke, more than once. Make sure you know the appropriate treatments.
* If you have no ac at home and there’s a public building that has it, go. Before it became common in US homes, movie theaters used to advertise having air conditioning so people would pay up just to spend a few hours not sweating.
* Grit your teeth at the people joking about y’all being wimps for not liking the 32/90 degree temperature, and realize the people doing it are such wimps about cold that we will put on blankets and sweaters when the weather reaches 60 degrees F/15 degrees C. We’re all adapted to our own environments, and people are jerks. Just stay gently sweating in the cross-draft of your fans; cutting a bitch will generate heat energy, although a judicious application of the finger might be called for.