The Malta International Airport has issued a red-alert warning on the sizzling hot temperatures spreading over the Maltese islands starting today. Venturing outside could feel as hot as 43°C, a historical temperature for Malta. Since we’ll be living in a weather oven for some time, we’re providing you with some tips to stay safe and beat the heat as Malta scorches.
The first and most obvious way to beat the heat is to stay constantly hydrated. Hydration not only helps the body cool down, but it also avoids the severe chances of dehydration which can lead to some very nasty medical repercussions. Make sure you have access to plenty of water as you go about your day!
The sea could offer some much needed respite from a day of sweat and exhaustion. Splashing around in one of Malta’s pristine beaches should be done cautiously however as UV still penetrates the sea level considerably. So try to hit the time sweet spot when the sun isn’t at its peak, wear sun cream no matter what and find some umbrella shade.
Your friend the curtain
If you’re stuck indoors and the over-worked air conditioning system just isn’t cutting it, consider closing your curtains and tilting up your blinds. This will block sunlight from coming in whilst you’re cozying it up at home. It’s all the little details that count, and this simple manoeuvre can contribute immensely.
Watch what you eat
Eating cool and light foods can help your body cool off naturally. Munch on salads or whip out your favourite ice cream. There’s also the added bonus of avoiding switching on the oven which would mean being stuck in a kitchen radiating heat. On the flip side, spicy foods have been known to be used by people living in scorching climates to cool off as they cause the body to perspire easily and experience a brief cool hit.
Switch up your light bulbs
If you want to go the extra mile with heat avoidance, consider switching to LED light bulbs which produce about 70% less heat than standard light bulbs. It makes sense really… you wouldn’t want to bring in a miniature sun when the real one’s out there burning up the place. You’ll also be going more eco-friendly – the world too is suffering from this tremendous heat!