More hot weather to come

This summer’s hot weather already broke records and we’re barely in August. With terms like “scorched UK” and “heat dome” used for the current heat wave, it’s hard to escape. Despite upcoming rain relief throughout the weekend, the hot weather will last all summer. Aside from the obvious precautions, mentioned in The Sun, like placing ice in front of your fan, staying hydrated, and keeping out of the sun, there are many other ways to keep cool.

Pools, lakes, and shady spots

Top rated watering holes near major cities like London, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, or Warrington offer much needed relief. The Telegraph’s “Best Outdoor Swimming Pools” list ranks lidos and outdoor pools throughout the UK. In fact, Saltdean Lido in Brighton, ranking at #1 is “…the only Grade II-listed coastal lido in the country…” It “…was described by Historic England as one of the seven wonders of the English seaside.”

Seeking freshwater? Set your sights on a day or weekend journey. Highly recommended sports in The Guardian’s “Wild Swimming in the UK: 10 top spots” from 2013 remains relevant. With waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, cooling off is easy. When the sun becomes too intense, why not dip into a cave aside the River Trent? This Ingleby, Derbyshire lagoon offers a quiet hot weather escape.

Coldest global destinations

When escaping the hot weather entirely seems most desirable, then you should plan a getaway. Averaging 16 degrees (C), Reykavik, Iceland appears to remain immune to the heat wave. Further away, Santiago, Chile is within the 7-14 degree (C), range. Similarly, Buenos Aires, Argentina is slightly warmer at 12 degrees (C). It seems like your best bet is to take advantage of South America’s winter season. There’s always Antartica, too. Anything beats what the UK is feeling now. Most of Europe, including Scandinavia, is toasting.

Cover Photo Credit: Telegraph

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