Feeling the heat? You are not alone.
Reports say last month was Earth's hottest June ever recorded and that it is on track for the warmest July. Recent data from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), an agency responsible for science and technology related to air and space, show the global average temperature was 0.93 deg C above the June norm, based on a 1951 to 1980 baseline.
The European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service also determined that last month was the hottest June since 1880, both in Europe and around the world.
So how can you keep cool in this blazing heat without having to run the air-conditioner at full blast?
From making your own air-conditioner to using frozen grapes as ice cubes, The Sunday Times susses out the coolest ideas.
BUILD AN "AIR-CONDITIONER"
If you do not have an air-conditioner at home, you can make one yourself.
All you need are a large styrofoam box, penknife, USB fan and bottles of solid ice left in the freezer the night before. The idea is to blow air around chunks of ice to cool it and then aim it towards yourself.
Cut a hole in the lid of the box, just large enough for the fan to be placed over the hole without falling in. Then cut another hole on one side of the box for cool air to escape and point it towards yourself.
Fill the box with bottles of solid ice. Switch on the fan and chill in the crisp air.
Here is a tip: The smaller the hole on the side of the box, the longer your D-I-Y air-conditioner will last. If done right, it can last you through the night.
KEEP BEAUTY PRODUCTS IN A FRIDGE
The fridge is not only for food. Store your lotion, face toner, moisturiser and eye creams there and they will be cooling on your face when you apply them.
Not only will they refresh and invigorate your skin, but reports also say that leaving them in the fridge will help extend the shelf life of some of these products.
MAKE A PEPPERMINT TEA MIST SPRAY
If you love the mild spicy taste and piquant fragrance of peppermint tea, imagine how wonderful it will feel on your skin.
The menthol in peppermint is said to trick people into feeling cool, so why not make a spray with it?
Brew the tea in the same concentration as you would drink it - no sugar, please - and pour it into a spray bottle.
When the temperature soars, mist yourself with it. You will smell good too, like the tea.
For extra coolness, you can place the bottle in the fridge when you are not using it.
FREEZE GRAPES TO USE AS ICE CUBES FOR DRINKING WINE
When white wine heats up too quickly in the heat, use these frozen grapes to cool your drink down without diluting its flavour.
And when the grapes are defrosted, you can enjoy them as a snack.
MAKE YOUR OWN PORTABLE COOLER BOX
Why fork out $50 for an ice-box cooler when you can make your own, using a cardboard box, aluminium foil, tape and bubble wrap?
Wrap each piece of bubble wrap with aluminium foil and use it to line the sides and bottom of the box. Place some ice within and this should be able to keep a few canned drinks cool for some time.
For added effectiveness, seal the box with a lid and wrap it with aluminium foil, with the shiny side facing outwards. This is supposed to reflect light and reduce the heat absorbed by the box.
FREEZE A PACKET OF RIBENA INTO A SLUSHIE
Everyone loves Ribena's berry goodness and black currant flavour.
Leave a packet in the freezer overnight. After you have taken it out, let it warm up for about 30 minutes - depending on the temperature of the room - to achieve that slushie texture, and then cut through the packet with scissors.
Whether you eat this icy snack from a cup or direct from the packet, it promises to give you a brain freeze that will cool you down immediately. Plus, it makes a cool treat for the kids.
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
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