Just how do you stay cool and sane for the heatwave and hottest temperatures in living memory from the minute you wake up until you hit your pillow at night?
Here’s a few handy tips on how to cope:
When you wake up you should drink a glass of water and remember to rehydrate throughout the day.
Although a cup of coffee is what most people tend to reach for in the morning try to avoid it as it’s a diuretic and can have dehydrating effects. Avoid the sun between 11am and 2pm.
The sun is the hottest between these hours so it’s best to avoid being outside between these times in order to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
As many of us are working from home it can be very tempting to bring the laptop outside. Although this is usually perfectly fine in NI, electronic devices will not get on well with temperatures in the high 20Cs.
If your laptop does overheat turn it off, unplug the cords and if possible remove the battery for a couple of minutes.
Ensure none of its air vents are being covered.
Keep windows shut
You should keep windows and curtains closed if the temperature is hotter outside than it is inside.
This will shut the heat out and keep your house cooler. However, if it’s cooler outside than it is in your home and there is a pleasant breeze then there’s no harm opening the windows.
Leaving your windows open for a small portion of the day in the morning and evening and then closing them at the hottest part of the day is probably your best bet.
Out and about
As we are experiencing much sunnier weather then usual our eyes are not used to it. So make sure to wear sunglasses when outside and especially when driving.
The Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has urged urged the public to consider if their journey is necessary given the potential risk of delays on the rail and road network.
Roads have also had to be monitored with the surface softening in the heat. Motorist have been urged to exercise caution.
"I would remind the public to avoid visiting places where there is a chance that large numbers of people will gather and crowds will form,” the SDLP minister said.
"This is particularly important as we know that delays are likely and this may result in people being in cars or on public transport for an extended period of time which can be very uncomfortable in very hot weather.
“We know that the very high temperatures can have an impact on the rail network with track speeds reduced causing delays to services. In recent days we have seen large numbers of people flocking to beauty spots across Northern Ireland. While I understand that people want to enjoy the good weather, health and safety must be of paramount importance.
"Translink will work to provide some additional capacity on the busiest routes where possible however I would strongly urge the public to consider if their journey is necessary over the coming days. If you are using public transport, including the Strangford and Rathlin ferries, please remember that the rules requiring face coverings remain in place for everyone’s protection.”
Apparently spicy food actually helps cool you down as it increases your blood circulation, which in turn gets you sweaty and sweating helps you stay cool.
So why not try curry or chili if you are feeling adventurous?
Before you sleep
With another sweaty night of tossing and turning ahead, we’ve come up with some options to help you get a restful eight hours.