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Summer is taking a turn for the worse when the temperatures outside approach dangerous levels. So how can we survive this brutal heat wave, especially for those of us without the luxury of air-conditioning?

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Plenty of water and comfortable summer clothes.
Water. A lot of water. Keep a bottle of water with you all day. Drink enough so you won't be dehydrated. Cover up if you have to go outside and don't forget to take care of yourself.
Another note on how to cool down without proper cooling system is to take a cold shower now and then. Just not immediately after going outside.
by annep
If you have not got Air-Con....Depending on your house or where you live, you can take measures.
You can by closing windows to keep the heat out, keep the house cool.That really only works well on Brick homes.Not advisable for Mobile Homes,which are springing up in Sydney.(In Mobile home Parks and the like).
Keeping the blinds and curtains closed, from sunlight getting in and warming up the room.Have fans going, and also keep to one room if possible,with the fans going.Keep other doors shut....so that at the end of the day, you can let some cooler air through the house.
Yes take a cool shower, if it is really bad every 2-3 hours.Drink plenty of water.

Stay indoors if you can. Keep well hydrated. I don't like to use the air-conditioning but if you need to, use it. Keep a wet towel or bandana handy to wipe yourself with if you feel the need, and don't forget about your pets.
by Vee
Drink plenty of water (for women this is even more important if you are lactating or menstruating, or if you're really lucky both at once), stay out of the sun in the middle of the day if you can and don't exercise too hard if you can help it. I don't have airconditioning so I stay inside in front of a standing fan through the worst of it.
If possible go to the pool to cool down. Eat cold watermelon and icy cold drinks.
Lots and lots of drinks. If you have kids or pets make sure they drum a lot of water too. Stay out of the sun. If it really gets too much, pop down to the local pool or air conditioned mall or library for a while.
Lots of water, hangs by the pool and in-home exercises (try the 7 minute exercise app!) to keep fit!
If you can't wait to be able to go outside, utilise mornings and late evenings to stay physically active.
If you have access to the beach - go swimming, stand up paddle boarding, take your dog for a swim (that poor thing must be suffering as well). I have written a few ideas down: http://www.vicwind.com.au/5-ways-to-survive-heatwaves/.
I turn on the air conditioning.
I have had new ones installed and they are very cheap to run on cold.
I also try not to go out around midday, when it is usually the hottest.
by Finy
wrap yr pillow in a fluffy towel, put large fluffy towel on bed over sheet & lie still, with electric fan operating beside bed to gently fan breeze over hot body.
OR lie in a cool water bath for as long as you can & skip the alcohol until heat is over.
I love the heat. Sure as hell beats being cold. It's why I moved to Queensland 10 years ago.
Actually we moved up north awhile back and lived in the outback. It was summer for 9 months of the year and then we had spring :)
Plenty of water, keeping myself distracted with a project and not talking about how hot it is. There is nothing worse than someone who keeps going on about how hot it is. WE KNOW, WE KNOW it is the same for all of us!
Firstly, in many areas of Oz, air-con is NOT a luxury, it's a necessity, just the same as a washing machine or refrigerator.

Keep as cool as possible by whatever means, & there're many.

Keep HYDRATED! Drink litres of water, continuously! Even though it's hot, a 'cuppa' is good, too! Ensure babies, children, elderly are drinking water plentifully, & don't forget your PETS!
I drink a lot of fresh water, take plenty of nice cold baths and keep the fan on when I sleep. I find that doing regular yoga and Tai Chi also helps me to stay calm and energetic when the temperatures soar.
Well, we have air conditioning so that helps us. We live in our air conditioned world and we don't go outside if it is predicted to be 40 plus. If for some reason we still cant keep cool, I have found wet face washers, especially behind the neck are helpful for cooling down. It is important to drink lots of water and not to do much exercise.
I've floor to ceiling windows which are covered with floor to ceiling shutters. My windows are open 24/7 but with the shutters I can close the small gaps entirely, or choose to still ket fresh air in. Because of this and the house being brick, most days I only have ceiling fans on but with extreme heat I switch on the aircon and close the loungeroom up and this is great but walking from the lounge to the entry, you get hit with a blast of really hot air.
I tend to stay indoors and drink plenty of water, and I certainly don't cook!
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