Sport, alcohol, clothing… how to adapt your daily life to the heat wave?

The month of June is not over yet, but the thermometer will already get carried away. As the heat wave hits the whole country, temperatures are expected to reach 40°C in Paris this Saturday, according to Météo France. Never had the mercury risen so high at this time of year, since recordings began in the capital. The heat wave, linked to global warming, sets in, disrupting our daily lives and our nights. Above all, this heat wave forces us to adapt our habits. Le Parisien gives you some advice and reflexes to adopt to get through this episode of “early” heat as well as possible.

Should sports be avoided?

Many would try to continue jogging or going for a bike ride in the sun. But above 30°C, the body struggles to evacuate heat, and the sportsman exposes himself to the risk of sunstroke. How can you continue to exercise without putting yourself in danger? Our responses can be read here.

How do I refresh my home?

Faced with soaring temperatures, keeping your home cool can sometimes be a challenge. Closing the windows and letting the shutters pass before the sun beats down remains the first reflex to adopt. All our tips for refreshing your interior can be found in our article.

How to dress ?

In the heat wave, it is recommended to avoid dark outfits. For better comfort, choose white like lighter colors, in natural fibres. Details on how to choose your outfit can be found in our article.

What to eat?

Difficult to know which meal to turn to when the mercury reaches 40 degrees. In the middle of a heat wave, it is advisable to turn to light meals, rich in water, “thanks to cucumber, tomatoes and even radishes, which we do not necessarily think of”, indicates Florence Foucault, dietician and nutritionist at Paris. Cold soups such as gazpachos are also recommended for hydration, in addition to being light on the stomach. Our advice for your meals.

Why not drink alcohol?

Do you dream of a great beer on the terrace to cool off in the middle of a heat wave? Order a glass of water instead. Alcohol during hot weather is strongly discouraged by doctors who mention a risk of dehydration. All the details in our article.

What precautions for pregnant women?

As for the rest of the population, it is advisable to stay cool as much as possible during the day and to avoid prolonged physical exertion. It is still recommended that they drink plenty of water. “Even more than the others”, advance Caroline Combot, general secretary of the National Trade Union Organization of Midwives (ONSSF) interviewed by Le Parisien. Here’s what you need to know.

Can you go out with your baby?

Toddlers can also suffer from high heat. Better to avoid going out with them when the mercury is at its highest. A stroll in a stroller can however be done in the morning and sheltered from the sun. Above all, don’t forget to offer your child something to drink regularly. Our advice can be found in this article.

LP / Delphine Goldsztejn
LP / Delphine Goldsztejn

How to take care of your animal?

Vigilance is also required for our pets. Obviously, do not impose any intense physical effort on your dog or your cat and do not make him play excessively.

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Above all, multiply the water points at home and keep your interior as cool as possible. All our advice to help your companion withstand the heat can be found in our article.

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