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With record breaking high temperatures here are a few tips to try and stay cool…

1. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color.

2. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.

3. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.

4. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.

5. Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.

6. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.

7. Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. At an outdoor event I even saw a version that attaches to a water bottle that sprays a cooling mist.

8. I learned this trick from a tennis pro: if you’re wearing a cap or hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly invert it and place on your head.

9. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.

10. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won’t have to cook next to a hot stove.

11. If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool. Many cities have cooling centers that are open to the public on sweltering days.