Find out how to keep cool as mer­cury soars

TUES­DAY 40.8 MON­DAY 38.3 WED­NES­DAY 36.4

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

SPRIN­KLER SO­LU­TION: Sammi-Jo Poin­ton and Ka­trya Brownbill take to the sprin­klers to cool down dur­ing the 38-de­gree scorcher in Monto on Tues­day.

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