7 Steps to Stay Cool

Tips & Tricks To Handle The Tropical Summer

We want you to enjoy and survive the changing seasons in the tropics.

If you can get through the dry, hot build up prior to our  steamy, raining wet season, you will come out the other end with the best winter weather… but first to get through the wet season.

It starts to heat up around November most years. Then just when you think summer is over, along comes February and March!

They seem to get more extreme each year, or do we just forget?

Dripping wet in the humidity?? Can’t cool down?

1. Get a fan!

If you cant be in the air-conditioning, at least get the air moving around you. Ceiling fans, pedestal, desk top or good old hand waving. Get the air moving around you.

2. Wear a Sarong

Yes guys and girls. you don’t need to have anything underneath especially around home, but watch out for the wind when you put the bins out!

Seriously though sometimes you look at your wardrobe full of clothes and say…

“I don’t want to wear any of that!”

The thought of putting clothes on at all just feels to hot.

My Mum always describes how hot it is by how many sarongs you go through in a day. **Update..Make sure its not a polyester sarong, the shiny ones, you need cotton so your skin can breathe!!

If its super hot, its a 3 sarong day!!

Have a cold shower, put your sarong back on and just drip dry… stay off the carpet for a minute or two. Getting “cold” water can depend on where the pipes are situated. At my place sometimes its like having the warm water on. At least it’s wet.

3. Fine Spray Yourself.

Water Pistols

Water Pistols

A spray bottle kept in the fridge can alleviate that, and get you through in between showers. I have to put mine in the fridge for a while since my cold water is warm!

If you have a bird or any pets give them a spray too. They will love you for it. For kids and big kids, water pistols can do the trick.

4. Find Some Water or a Rain-forest.

It can get pretty hot at the beach, and if the tide is out you have to walk along way.

Also in our area, unfortunately we do have stingers and jelly fish that can be lurking in the shallows.

An alternative can be to head to the local swimming holes.

Nice Picnic in the Shade

Nice Picnic in the Shade

With many creeks and rivers around you will find cool running water, and plenty of shade. A picnic on the banks with your feet in the water can be a little piece of heaven on a hot day.

5. Get your Hair off Your Neck

It seems obvious, but put your long hair up. I usually wear mine down a lot, but getting one of those hairdresser clips changed that. Actually I have a few, because its handy to have in your bag if you get overwhelmed with the heat whilst on an outing. A couple of plaits help too, and discourages tangles. Remember to slip, slop slap and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. Although I think that may have changed now to 10 and 2? Global warming perhaps?

6. Regularly Apply Deodorant!

Keep testing and trying different deodorant sprays or roll-ons that work on your body in this humidity.

They are all different, and what works in Melbourne for instance, might not cut it up here. There is nothing worse than smelling someone before you see them.

Except: Realising the smell is you!!

7. Head outside in The Twilight

We don’t have daylight savings in Qld.  I grew up with it in South Australia and when we moved up here I was devastated with the shorter summer days. They held a referendum and those against said that it faded the curtains and confused the cows!

After 30 years, I now think it’s a blessing when the sun finally goes down around 6.30- 7 pm and twilight finally arrives. It’s usually cooler and a good time to go out for a stroll or just sit and enjoy the evening.

Good news: It does’t stay steaming hot forever!

The wonderful winters and spring are worth being a little warm at this time of the year. We usually have storms and rain around the wet season, when it’s hot, so that can help. When it stops raining the humidity factor increases however.

I hope these 7 tips and tricks that I have found to help me through this time of the year, can help you too. If you are staying here for a few years, believe me you will find it easier as the years pass.

Until then, good luck!! If you have any more ways to help stay cool in the tropics please leave a comment and we can all help each other.

Check out the other weather pages for info on what to do in cyclones, more tips when the rains do come and what all the critters are up to in the summer days and nights.


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4 Responses to 7 Steps to Stay Cool

  1. I love all your helpful tips and would like to add that all clothing, even sarongs, should be made of cotton not polyester. It is far too humid in Qld in summer to wear anything else. I wouldn’t live any other place in Australia tho, as the rest of the year is just beautiful.

    • Leanne says:

      Thanks heaps Lyn. Yes you are right about cotton. Some sarongs I have are only designated for curtains and table cloths because they are just too hot and sticky!!

  2. brian-I am the dad !!!! says:

    good info , and just at the moment wish we had the problem– geez it is dry here !!!!!

    • Leanne says:

      Thanks Dad,
      It is dry here too… for now. Check out my other weather links in top menu on any page. You will see a new In The Rain Gauge page which I just updated.

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