Keep it on the low low
Hot air rises so chilling out upstairs or on the roof might not be the best option in the midst of a heatwave. Find the coolest room in the house. For me it’s my living room as the sun shines through the back of my house from about 11am onwards which makes my living room really cool. Using a fan in this room will help to circulate the cool air. We tend to stay downstairs in the living room as long as possible in the heatwave to stay cool for longer. Upstairs just becomes really hot and overwhelming sometimes. If it’s cooler to sleep downstairs also…do it!
Food & Cooking
For a start, the last thing you want to do in the heat is cook. The heat from the oven, grill or hob can just be an extra source of heat that is totally not needed. Salads, takeaways, ice cream, sandwiches. If you must cook perhaps use a slow cooker overnight so you don’t have to fuss about throughout the day and it’s there ready to be re-heated or, as mentioned earlier – spark up the BBQ.
If you need to do a grocery shop I’d highly recommend shopping online. Who needs to be traipsing around the supermarket on a scorching hot day and lugging bags of shopping when you could be enjoying the sunshine. To make this easier I would suggest meal planning so that you know exactly what you will need and it will take the extra stress out of meal times.