How to survive the heat – from sleeping better to entertaining the kids and oven-free recipes

 How to survive the heat – from sleeping better to entertaining the kids and oven-free recipes

As the heatwave continues across the UK, many Britons who aren’t lucky enough to be heading to a beach are desperately finding ways to stay cool.

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher today – dubbed Meltdown Monday – soaring to a sizzling 89.6F (32C).

Many complained of waking up on Freedom Day today after a restless night of heat-ruined sleep, with overnight temperatures peaking at 68F in parts of the country. 

Few of us are fortunate to have air conditioning systems in our homes (let’s face it, there aren’t many times during the year that’s needed in the UK), but there are things you can do to cool down your living space, both for sleeping and during the day. 

Whether you’re still working from home or entertaining the children now they’ve broken up from school, we’ve got you covered when it comes to surviving the hot weather with our expert tips and tricks.

Records were set in both England and Wales on Sunday, and the mercury is forecast to climb even higher today – dubbed Meltdown Monday – soaring to a sizzling 89.6F (stock image)

KEEPING YOUR HOME COOL 

Close your windows and draw the curtains

According to the experts at OVO Energy, tempting as it may be to whack the windows open at the first feel of heat, this will only make it worse.

You want to try to keep the hot air out and your house cool; this means keeping windows – particularly south-facing windows – closed and covered during the day. 

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