Keeping Cool

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Dottie May

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I've noticed that during this hot spell lots of people have their windows wide open. Having lived in a hot climate we keep windows closed and pull down the blinds or draw the curtains. Keeps our house nice and cool anyway.

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Yummy

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We open them on the north and west side, but close the curtain/s blinds on the east/south side, but the doors are always open and fans on .....phew ! don't like to moan but I really don't like the heat :( .... just done the ironing, will now go and cut the grass while it is a little cool.

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Honey

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We're the same Dottie. We live in a barn with BIG windows and so we keep the east facing windows closed and curtains drawn during the morning and then in the afternoon we close the west facing ones (only have one large one facing south for a short while at midday) and then it's round to the west. Our walls are 2 foot thick and so the place is quite cool. Then at night we open the windows (upstairs) and curtains and allow the cooler air in. The fans certainly help, I have one in the study, one in the kitchen and another in the sitting room.

H x

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SonyaK

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Hate to say this, but 30C isn't really that hot!! (I know, I know, it's all relative!!)

When we get hot weather here we always close windows and blinds in the early morning as soon as it starts heating up.
We have ceiling fans in all the rooms, and air-con in the living area. We don't have to use it very often - use it more for heating on cold winter mornings!
Living near the sea we usually get cool afternoon sea breezes, so can open the windows and get cool air through the house before the next hot day.

We call it a heatwave when it's over 35 for 5 days or over 40 for 3 days in a row. So don't think you'd have got there yet?

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sam from worthing

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Sonya is so right - it is all relative.

Being in the UK, and I am right on the south coast...If a really good day, from where i am i can see France.

It has been HOT. my kitchen which i have always wanted is a south and west facing - over the last 12 days the average temp in there has been 30c. Thankfully i live on the coast about 2 miles inland as the crow flies, but there is NO breeze, except for the odd flutter.

I do not live in a country that kind of needs to have AC fitted, but i tell you, it would be so welcome at the moment - its a shame petrol is so expensive as a drive in the car with AC is on is a dream - my feet freeze - and i am someone who suffers from reynards syndrome.

All windows are open when we are in. south and west curatins/blinds are drawn when sun is at its beastiest.

But its the nights......when you can't have windows open and your reliant on fans that are the worst.

Living in a bungalow, we are advised of high crime by our neigbourhood watch co-ordinator esp in the summer time not to have big windows open and if you can help it - little windows either (especially with recession etc) due to burgalries. I can not sleep with the noise of the fan which is actually quite a quiet one. I need dark and silence to sleep - i am an insomniac anyway - 12 days of not sleeping more than 2 hours a night is killing me.

but like Sonya says its all relative - and us Brits simply are not used to it. not for this length of time anyway.

My brother who last year moved to OZ has now acclimatised, and even runs to work now (equivalent of 7 miles each way), he is up near Cairns. Coming from Newcastle (bloody cold wet part of northern england) a real culture shock.

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SonyaK

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Sorry if I sounded unsympathetic, Sam. Long, hot, sleepless nights are terrible! We have some too, when there is no breeze and the minimum temp. doesn't go much below 30!! Doesn't happen very often, thank goodness.
We have ceiling fans which are almost silent and really help at night. Air Con is great on really hot days, and good for instant heating in the winter too. But I realise it's not something that UK houses would bother with.
Hope you're feeling better now.

I find the climate in Cairns fine in the winter but the heat and humidity of the summer would be unbearable!!
Your brother has done very well!!

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maggie-

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Well I'm working in sunny Brighton for a few days this week. At lunch we had a bag of chips on the beach and a quick paddle...perfect.Cooler tonight though. I am not a great sleeper Sam either.I find I read a lot at night!

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Dottie May

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I sympathise with anyone who can't sleep during this hot weather, especially you Sam. I'm one of these people who can sleep on a clothes-line as they say. I go to bed generally before 10 pm and wake around 6 am. I may wake up once and after a few sips of water I then go back to sleep. This weather I've been wearing cotton shortie jimjams and lying on top of the bed.

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Saffy

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The thing is, is that we live in a temperate climate and are not geared up for the hot weather. Very few houses have air conditioning and plenty of shops and businesses don't have it either. I'm certainly not going to complain about it one bit as I love the hot weather, far rather this than any more snow and cold, damp weather. I'm getting up earlier to walk the dog before it gets hot and was defrosting the freezer at 6am this morning which definitely helped cool me down!

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sam from worthing

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I want to say a HUGE thank you, to those of you who have or do live in hot countries and with the advise you have given on here.

Being a brit, and not used to 30c plus temps during the day time for now 14 days on the trot. My first thought was open all the windows.

I never closed curtains or blinds except one in the kitchen which shone on my dogs bed - i did think to close that one!

But since reading your posts, i know follow the sun around the house with closing windows and curtains/blinds.

I tell you it does work....well to some degree anyway, as it is still bloody hit indoors, but it DOES work.

I have now told my elderly neighbour to do this, she commented to me this morning that she has found it helps a bit too.

So many many thanks to all those who gave that brilliant advise - and it so makes sense too, i think "public service" advert (like the old green X code ones back inthe 1970's) should be made to advise us brits of what to do - all they say on the radio and news channels is to stay out of sun between 11 and 3, and drink lots of water at 1 and half litres a day.

 
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