Top 10: What is your way to beat the summer heat? Here are our readers’ tips from spicy food to neck fans

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  • Students share ideas for keeping cool in hot weather – some suggest taking a dip in the pool while others insist the only way to survive is to stay indoors with the air con
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This week’s question: What television show needed another season but never got one?

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Last week, we asked our readers, “What is your way to beat the summer heat?” Here’s what they had to say.

Emmy Mirabella Woo, 17, Crofton House School (Canada): Rather than biting into a crunchy watermelon or switching on the air conditioner, I prefer eating something spicy. You may sweat while eating a bowl of hot curry or ramen, but you’ll feel great afterwards when things “cool down”.

Mirko Kwok Ching, 14, King Ling college: Making fruit tea, which takes only about 10 minutes. You just need to cut fruits such as oranges, apples and pears into small pieces, mix them with some green tea, and then put the glass in the fridge for an hour or so. The drink is so refreshing and tasty. The tea-infused fruit slices are delicious and crunchy. Perfect during an intimidating heatwave.

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Anson Ng Wai-yan, 11, Holy Angels Canossian School: I use several methods to beat the summer heat. For example, I would spray a refreshing perfume on my shirt to cool down the body temperature, wear a neck fan (also known as wearable air conditioners) when I am outside, and bring a UV umbrella to protect me from the sun’s harmful rays. However, it is better to avoid prolonged outdoor activities during hot weather which would prevent us from getting heatstroke.

Felice Law Tsz-ching, 13, St Mary’s Canossian College: Doing indoor activities, such as swimming. It is the perfect summer sport because it is especially great for stress relief while it helps you to maintain a healthy mind and body. Visiting a public library would be another good choice. It is my favourite place because there are good books, free air conditioning, and of course, free Wi-fi!

There are no downsides to the library. Photo: Shutterstock

Joanna Wong Sheung-chi, 11, Holy Angels Canossian School: Instead of turning on the air con, me and my family play with water guns in the garden of my home. This is a fun and environmentally friendly activity. When we get shot by water, we do not feel hot any more.

Valerie Shek, 11, The Independent Schools Foundation Academy: Here’s my way of beating the summer heat – relaxing in the pool on my pineapple floatie with a home-made lemonade in hand. I like to add some extra ice and honey to make it ever so refreshing. After the swim, I would treat myself to a home-made passion fruit ice lolly on the sofa. What a life!

Eat your way to a cool summer

Holly Wei, 16, Kent School (US): I love being outdoors any day of the year. I don’t care whether it is hot or cold. Therefore, during summer, I put on lots of sunscreen and walk as much as I can.

Chloe Chan Lok-yi, 16, Tak Nga Secondary School: I like taking a cold shower, which cools me down immediately and washes away any uncomfortable feelings. Besides, it helps to reduce stress, boosts your energy levels, and releases endorphins (“happiness hormones”) that can lift your mood.

A freezing shower? Sounds like heaven! Photo: Shutterstock

Valerie Chiu Wing-yee, 12, Holy Angels Canossian School: The best solution is to simply stay indoors. I scrunch up my nose at the thought of the scorching heat and sweat dripping all over my body. When I stay indoors under the air conditioner, I feel much more happy and comfortable.

Rhea Saxena, 15, King George V School: Ordering a pink lemonade drink from Starbucks with loads of ice. There’s something about munching on ice on a very hot summer day: your whole body “freezes” and that feeling can last for hours.

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