Find out how to keep cool as mercury soars
TUESDAY 40.8 MONDAY 38.3 WEDNESDAY 36.4
Spring turns up the heat
WITH temperatures hitting 40 degrees in the North Burnett this week, fantasizing about snow has become a favourite pastime.
But research shows imagining snowy scenes is a legitimate way to keep cool in these tough times.
Monto pharmacist Teina McLurcan had a trove of other ideas to beat the heat, as the record-breaking heatwave continues.
“Make sure you wear cotton clothes, not synthetics. That goes for bedding as well. Synthetics tend to retain heat,” she said.
“It’s important to have socks that absorb a lot of moisture and cotton is good for that, but you can also get bamboo ones now too.”
Mrs McLurcan suggested setting air -onditioners at 25 degrees and having drink bottles close by when in an air-conditioned room.
“Otherwise the dry air will make you dehydrated and that will just make you hotter,” she said.
“While it is tempting to have cold showers, lukewarm showers are much less stressful for the body.”
When it comes to food, frequent, small meals release less metabolic heat in digestion than big meals.
And although a big, hot curry is the last thing any of us feel like, spicy foods enhance sweating and make the body cool down.
Gayndah capped the stats this week, with the hottest recorded temperature at 40.8 degrees on Tuesday.
Mundubbera hit 39.3 on Monday, while Monto made 36.8 on Tuesday.
While Biggenden also hit 39.3 degrees on Monday, it was all worth it for the favourite cool-down method going – 22mm of thunderous rain on Tuesday afternoon.
SPRINKLER SOLUTION: Sammi-Jo Pointon and Katrya Brownbill take to the sprinklers to cool down during the 38-degree scorcher in Monto on Tuesday.