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Myths debunked: how to cool off in hot weather

2018-August-7       Source: Newsgd.com

Guangdong is about to get EVEN HOTTER this week as the latest official weather forecasts a heatwave that could hold out all summer.

Guangdong is about to get EVEN HOTTER this week as the latest official weather forecasts a heatwave that could hold out all summer.

According to the Guangdong Meteorological Observatory, above-average temperatures as high as 38 degrees Centigrade are expected in Guangdong from this Thursday, August 9th.

Weather forecast for the next two days in Guangdong:

August 8th, 32°C to 34°C (35°C to 37°C in north and east Guangdong), cloudy with thundery showers.

August 9th, 35°C to 37°C (37°C to 28°C in north Guangdong), cloudy with thundery showers.

The height of summer, the 40 days between July 17th and August 25th are tough to get through in Guangdong. During the scorching weather, people leave no stone unturned in their quest to cool off.

However, we are here to bust some popular myths about the best ways to cool off!

Fake fact 1: Wear Less

When you wear shorter sleeves, or even whip your shirt off in Summer, you might think it is the ideal way to cool off. Science shows, however, that the more skin you have out the hotter you will feel as heat is absorbed directly from the sun. If you have a loose light covering, like a linen shirt, your skin is shielded from the sun and heat can dissipate more rapidly.

Tip: Wear loose, light clothing from natural fibres

Fake fact 2: drinking beer helps cool down

There are few things better than drinking a bottle of iced-cold beer in summer,, however, as many of you probably already know, alcohol raises your internal body temperature and also works to dehydrate you.

Tip: Limit your beer chugging and drink plenty of bottled water or even give Mung bean Soup a go instead

Fake fact 3: Ice cold showers beat the summer heat

While an ice cold shower is undoubtedly refreshing, science shows that warmer water is better for lowering body temperature long term. While cold water makes your pores close, holding the heat inside, warm water lets your pores open and lets your skin ‘breathe’.

Tip: Use cold water to wake you up, then switch to warm water.

Fake fact 4: Clinging to the air-conditioner as long as possible

Keeping oneself exposed to the air-conditioner for a long time will possibly lead to so-called “air-conditioning disease”, the symptoms of which include chronic fatigue, memory loss, headaches, dizziness and weaker immune system.

Tip: Keep the air-conditioner running for an appropriate time period and temperature.

Fake fact 5: No exercising in summer heat

Some give up exercising in summer heat in case of heatstroke. Whilst it is definitely advisable to avoid exercise during the hottest parts of the day, with adequate water light exercise in the early hours of the morning or later in the evening will help the body condition itself to operate in hot weather.

Tip: Keep active, but hydration is paramount.

We hope our readers stay cool and healthy in the coming heatwave.

 

Author:Steven Yuen, December Yu

Editor: Simon Haywood

Editor: Steven

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