First thing’s first though, as many people will ask: WHY DO YOU NEED THIS OMG IT’S SO MUCH HOTTER IN ______.
We need this because here in Britain we suck with the heat. Typical weather here is rain, and wind, and more rain, and maybe some hail. That’s what we’re good with. Sun, not so much. Especially with little kids and people like my 90 year old grandma who could decide to put on her coat and go for a walk and end up dead on the pavement because she’s forgotten to have a drink that day and didn’t realise or something.
A lot of people mock Britain, and okay, good for you getting all high and mighty because you’re used to the weather in your own country, we’re used to our weather and this is a big change. You’d be upset with a big change too. How about if nothing ever flooded then one winter EVERYTHING DECIDED TO FLOOD. You gonna deal with that without complaining?
Next: HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT?
Keep cool by wetting a towel or something in cold water and draping it round your neck. Putting ice at pressure points such as inner knees and elbows also helps cool you down quickly.
Sit in the shade, the shade is your friend, especially in the middle of the day.
Drink liquids. However steer clear of a few: caffeine can make you dehydrate faster, and I think the same thing happens with fizzy drinks?
But not too many liquids. I think you can over hydrate or something and that is just as bad as dehydrating, use your brain and think about what your body wants. I think someone said 1 pint of water an hour is good, sipped throughout the hour, not just downed.
Hats. Hats protect your head and your head is filled with thoughts and imagination and imagination is awesome therefore hats are awesome. They also stop your scalp from sizzling and making you look like you have terrible dandruff with your skin peels.
Keep yourself all vitamined up. You should be doing this anyway, so tutt tutt on you if not, but it’s particularly important in the heat. Bananas and things are good for vitamins, and other fruits, as long as they haven’t gone all sad and mouldy in the heat. For vitamin D, perhaps take a stroll in the evening when the sun is still out and the air is cooler, and you won’t need the next point -
SUNSCREEN, bathe in it if you’re going out in the sun. Peely skin isn’t fun, and in more extreme situations, neither is skin cancer.
Someone do a rain dance, c’mon I’ve not seen rain in weeks and it’s weird.
Similar to ice cubes in elbows, running cold water on your wrists when you pop to the loo can cool you down if you need something quick.
Oh, I think sodium is important so lightly salted things are good? Or sports drinks, people are suggesting they have some salts in to help out too.
If possible, don’t go out in the middle of the day (between 11-3 I think) as this it’s when it’s normally hottest.
Sit in your car with the AC on (if you have it) and cry for a bit because most houses don’t have it built in.
Get your tourist on and explore old churches because the walls are thick and will keep the heat out and you can chill out and look at some awesome architecture whilst keeping cool.
Longsleeves. Sort of. Can help. If it’s cruel and relentless sun, this may help against burning. However in the humidity may cause you to overheat more. Wear with caution.
Again with clothing, dark colours can absorb heat, suppress your inner or not so inner goth and wear light colours.
Getting drunk is bad. Alcohol can dehydrate you (I think) and that is like the opposite of what we want right now. Maybe leave the Pimms for another day.
If you feel faint sit down. It’s common sense really, but still.
If you’re working, maybe have a word with your manager about what their plans are in the heat. You may be able to make adjustments to your uniform or something to keep cooler.
Open windows open at night to let in some of that delicious cooler air then SNAP THEM SHUT IN THE DAY TIME TO KEEP OUT THE WARM AIR IT IS NOT WELCOME HERE. (During the day you can also cover windows with foil or something, and close the curtains, to banish the heat)
You can put sunscreen on dogs and cats, particularly their ears and tails and anywhere their fur is thinner, like perhaps by the nose.
Don’t leave anyanimal (or baby/child I suppose too) in a car without water or the windows opened, and even then not for too long.
If you feed any pet wet food and they don’t eat some, throw it away! Flies might lay eggs in it then your animal might eat them and turn into a fly or get sick or something I don’t know.
Add ice cues to any animalswater bowl to keep it cool. Some might like ice cubes as treats. My dog is afraid of ice cubes though as he’s kinda dumb.
If you have a rat or perhaps a similar small animal, you can put a rock in the freezer / fridge, then put it in the cage when it’s cool so they can… chill on it.
Also with ratsyou can fill a basin with water and pop in some peas and they can jump in and fish them out.
For houserabbits and guinea pigs stick some water bottles in the freezer overnight so they can lick at the condensation.
For house rabbits you can lightly mist their ears with cool water.
For any small caged animal you can hang a damp sheet in front of a fan to make cool air.
Again for any small caged animal you can mush up some ice cubes and pop them in the water bottles to keep the water cool.
Don’t walk dogs on hot pavements. Their poor little paws can get burnt.
Keep an eye on your reptiles and creepy bug things as the temperature might wreck havoc on their containers and you don’t want them to shrivel up and die.
Walk dogs near rivers so they can pop in for a quick dip to keep cool.
If you have chickens make sure they have an appropriate place to get their mudbath on to cool down. No one wants their chicken roasted.
Make sure any animal has shade to hide in, and ALWAYS has water to drink / bathe in is appropriate if they get too hot.
Some of these things may be wrong, and you may have different opinions. I’ve just collected advice from a lot of the messages sent in regarding the topic and it’s like almost 1am right now guys allow me a little leeway.
Reblogging now it’s day time, and also adding (to give a little perspective)
The maximum average temperature in England in July is 20C / 69F, for Scotland in July it’s 17C / 62F, for Wales in July it’s 19C / 66F, for Northern Ireland in July it’s 18C / 65F
It’s expected to be at least 10C higher in most of these places this week, with some pretty gross humidity, a week’s a pretty long time for places used to rain, and this is why a lot of people from these areas are wilting like a cup full of daisy’s a 4 year old picked.
so like, if you remember when I cared about glee there was a lot of talking shit about finn hudson
cory monteith as an actor though was fucking amazing. one of the best on the show, he made that character feel like a real person, he made me believe every moment he played. he deserved to go on to even bigger and better. he was also one of the most crazy inspirational stories I’d ever heard in terms of not being afraid to ask for help, being open about addiction, finding new ways to thrive that allow you to go on to wonderful things.
and he did not ‘lose that battle’ either. even if that is how he died, because it is a disease, it is something you handle the best you can in the best ways you know how. everything he did right up to the point of his death is still an incredible, incredible thing.
I would like to take a moment to remember Cory Monteith.
He came from a horrible background and got cast in a world-famous television show that has undoubtedly had an impact on many, many people. He himself has had his own kind of impact, being humble and kind and just overall an amazing person. He checked himself into rehab.
This is an insanely horrible tragedy and I’m typing in tears but there is no way in hell I’m forgetting Cory any time soon, if ever at all. I’m definitely sending my love to his family, Lea, the rest of the cast, and his friends.
We love you, Cory. You were regarded as family to the cast and all your fans. Rest in peace.
“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”—Lemony Snicket (via beatriseprior)
“Each time I’m asked to tell about myself, I find myself starting the same way: “My name is Kelsey and I’m nineteen..”
but what I’d really like to say is:
“My name means island of the ships but once
I found a translation that said I’m a burning shipwreck-
not a burning ship but a ship that has caught fire
after the wreckage and well, I’d say that’s more fitting.”
I’ve learned that people don’t have time for about me’s.
They need two things: a name and an indication you’re someone special.
The doctors, they want facts not details.
“I broke my leg when I was three, it’s a funny story actually-“
The right or the left?
The teachers, they want interests, hobbies.
You’re sad, yes, but what do you like to do?
The adults are a spew of questions.
What school do you go to? What classes are you taking?
What do you plan on becoming? Got a boyfriend?
People my own age are the worst.
“I’m planning on an English degree with a concentration in creative writing.”
Yeah, aren’t we all. So how many times have you, you know,
I’m pulled apart, my interests travelling highway 2
my goals at a stop light at traffic hour,
my medical history on a billboard for the world to see.
But what about me?
Where’s the chance to say,
“I hang on to fistfuls of poetry like loose change in my pockets,
and I keep waiting for the day that the world turns upside down
so I can swim with the stars.
I’m not afraid of darkness, it’s a loneliness I can empathize with it.
It’s the blackholes like cigarette burns inside of me that get troublesome.
I walk through graveyards and read the dashes between years,
each a story I’ll never know. Sometimes I create my own.”
No one, none of us know who we are anymore.”—Kelsey Danielle, “I Was Told to Write and About Me and This is What Happened” (via ignify)
“The death of Google Reader reveals a problem of the modern Internet that many of us likely have in the back of our heads but are afraid to let surface: We are all participants in a user driven Internet, but we are still just the users, nothing more. No matter how much work we put in to optimize our online presences, our tools and our experiences, we are still at the mercy of big companies controlling the platforms we operate on. When they don’t like what’s happening, even if we do, they can make whatever call they want. And Wednesday night, Google made theirs.”—Google Reader Shutdown a Sobering Reminder That ‘Our’ Technology Isn’t Ours - Forbes (via nothingman)