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how to stay cool outdoors during a heatwave

If you were disappointed about not getting a dose of sun abroad this year, your prayers may have been answered. According to a recent Sky News report:

"The Met Office has issued amber and yellow thunderstorm warnings for large parts of central and southern England. It comes after it issued its first-ever extreme heat warning, in place from Monday afternoon through to Thursday night, when temperatures are expected to drop."

While most of us are glad to see a bit of sunshine, this extreme weather warning is in place to remind us of the dangers of high temperatures. There are a whole host of problems that can occur when the weather gets hot, so it's important that you know how to stay cool outdoors during a heatwave. Take a look at our hints and tips to help keep you safe if you're sitting out in the heat this week!

Make sure there's shade

It's very easy to overheat in the garden if you sit in direct sunlight, especially in the middle of the day. A great way to cool off is to set up a shaded area of the garden that you can move to periodically and cool down. You may find that trees in the garden or the shadow of the house provide enough shade to keep you cool, however, if your garden doesn't have a naturally shaded area, here's what you can do:

  • Invest in a large parasol or umbrella
  • Attach an awning to the outside of your house
  • Stretch a tarpaulin or shade sail across the width of your garden
  • Put a gazebo up

Falling asleep in the sun is one of the easiest ways to lose track of time and you can quickly become dehydrated and burn. If you are going to have a leisurely nap in the garden, make sure you lay in the shade and set an alarm so that you don't overdo it.

Keep your suncream in the fridge

A great way to cool down and protect your skin from the sun is by putting your suncream in the fridge. When you're sitting outside in the sun for a prolonged period, it's important to continually top up your SPF, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Suncream that's been kept in the fridge will have an instantly cooling effect.

Get a paddling pool

Whether you've got young kids or not, investing in a paddling pool can help keep you cool on scorching days. The water in the paddling pool will still have a cooling effect, even if it's in the sun. Plus, if you let yourself dry off naturally, your skin's surface will naturally cool as the water evaporates. Paddling pools are great fun for children, pets and adults alike, you could even take the fun up a notch by purchasing some water guns! Who doesn't love a good water fight in this heat?

A long-term solution...

Hopefully these tips will help you stay cool over the next few days. For a long-term solution, why don't you consider adding composite decking to your garden? Here at TimberTech, we design all of our composite decking to be heat-resistant. This means it won't get hot underfoot, even in the height of summer! Heat-resistant composite decking is ideal if you're someone who likes to walk around the garden barefoot, and is especially great if you have pets with delicate paws who spend a lot of time in the garden too.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with the TimberTech team. Alternatively, shop our extensive range of heat-resistant composite decking by clicking the button below.

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