Three ways to stay cool in a heatwave

The hot weather over the past few days here at Mill on the Brue has been glorious.

Temperatures topped 30 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and some of the children here at summer camp kept cool by splashing around in the River Brue. Our teams here are trained to react to unexpected conditions and the challenges posed by the elements. It usually involves adjusting what we are doing due to wet weather, but soaring temperatures can produce equally challenging conditions.

Here are some of our top tips of how to stay cool and to ensure the hot weather does not harm you.

1.Drink plenty of water

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One of the risks the hot weather brings is dehydration. This can occur when your body loses more fluid than you consume. When the water content of your body is reduced the balance of minerals in your body is upset affecting your functionality. Other risks include: overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. We therefore ensure that we have plenty of water available for the children here at Mill on the Brue throughout the day

2. Cover up and stay in the shade

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We ensure that the children are out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and in extreme temperatures we plan activities which can be carried out in the shade. When outside in the hot weather children are also encouraged to wear baseball caps and sun hats to protect their scalps from the burning sun.

3. What to wear?

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All parents are provided with a kit list for their children which contains items their children will need to bring to summer residential camps. We also advise the children on the colour and material of clothing to wear on very hot days. Cotton and linen absorb sweat and are a lot better than polyester and other man-made fabrics, which trap moisture against your skin making you feel hot. White fabrics reflect the heat the best when you are in direct sunlight, but black and darker fabrics are more effective in the shade as it radiates out heat into your environment cooling you down.

Find out more about our Summer camps for kids here: www.millonthebrue.co.uk/summer-camps-uk/summer-camps