Australia is currently in the midst of a heat wave. I don’t mean a “heat wave” in the European sense, where a couple of days of 32C temperatures will result in multiple cases of heat stroke, but in the Australian sense. There are record breaking temperatures across the country, and the mercury topping 40C in many places day after day. Getting relief from the scorching temperatures is a priority, so here are some ideas on how to beat the heat.
5. Nap in air-conditioning
As any dog will demonstrate, warm temperatures just make you want to lie around in a lethargic state. Even better is if you have air-conditioning in your home, where you can crank it up and have a nice nap in luxuriously cool comfort.
4. Go to the movies
Is it just me or does anyone else find that visit to the cinema is like a trip to the North Pole? Well, it’s no wonder that the movies are a very popular choice on swelteringly hot days. Sitting in Arctic temperatures and watching the latest blockbuster while stuffing your face with freshly popped, buttery popcorn is a sure fire way to stay cool.
3. Have fun at the water park
You are never too old to enjoy water slides, in my opinion. If you’re a bit of a wimp then you can enjoy some fairly tame, kiddie slides with only a slight gradient. If you’re a bit more daring then you may want to try something a bit more fun, which may or may not include complete darkness or being ejected into a massive funnel. And if you’re a complete daredevil then you may like those slides with sudden steep drops that make you feel you left your breakfast at the top. Whichever your choice, you have a glorious ending in a refreshing pool of water. Win-win!
2. Drinks by the beach or harbour
One of the best things about living in one of the world’s greatest such as Sydney is that there is a plethora of beachside or harbour side drinking holes to keep hydrated and while away the long, hot summer days. We have Opera Bar, in the shadows of the famous Sydney Opera House, overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and recently voted best bar in Sydney. We also have Bondi Icebergs, with sweeping views of Bondi Beach. Or if you’re up for something slightly more classy, there’s also the Blu Bar on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel, which has stunning views over the city, including the Bridge and the House.
1. Head to the beach
We are in Australia of course, and there’s no better way to cool off than heading to the beach. We are a beach-obsessed nation, with 85% of the nation living within 50km from our country’s beautiful coastline*, and any Australian that has headed overseas to other beachside resorts know that we have the best beaches in the world. They can be dangerous of course, with nasty jellyfish, sharks, and riptides, but this doesn’t stop Aussies flocking to the beach in droves on a hot day. The perfect way to beat the heat!
What is your favourite way to cool down on a summer’s day?
* Australia Bureau of Statistics as at 30 June 2001