Tips and life hacks for staying cool in the Las Vegas heat

Posted at 6:00 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2019-06-09 11:12:04-04

After Las Vegas set a record for scorching hot temperatures on Wednesday, now is a good time to brush up on ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Here are a few tips:

Drink water and lots of it. The Centers for Disease Control says that you shouldn't wait until you're thirsty to hydrate. It's also best to avoid alcohol or liquids that have high amounts of sugar, like soda. 

GQ suggestsrunning cold water on your wrists for up to 30 seconds each. That way, the cooler blood in your arms will recirculate throughout the rest of your body.

They also recommend putting a cool, wet towel on the back of your neck, as the part of your body responsible for regulating your body temperature - your brainstem - is located there.

Popular Science says that the best summer outfit consists of loose, cotton clothing. Synthetic clothes having a hard time "breathing," meaning that it's difficult for air to pass through the fabric. And tight clothes can make it difficult for hot air to leave and cool air to flow in.

If you've got a fan, Lifehacker suggests filling a shallow bowl with a bunch of ice and placing it in front of the fan. The ice in the bowl will eventually start to evaporate, the water vapor will rise in front of the fan and blow it outwards. Sit directly in front of the fan for best results.

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Speaking of fans, the Huffington Post recommends pointing your fans so they blow hot air out of a window. They also say to hang a cold, wet sheet in front of another window so that the air cools on its way inside the house.

For those with vinyl or leather seats, Angie's List recommends putting blankets over them when you're not inside the car. That way the fabric will absorb some of the heat.