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How to cool down in a heatwave


Want to know what to eat and drink during a heatwave? Or how you can stay cool at night? Our expert guides answer all your questions and more

Has the latest news about rising temperatures got you wondering how to stay cool in a heatwave? Perhaps you're considering what to eat, what to drink and how to sleep on the hottest days of the year?


Get the answers to all your questions and more in our expert guide below. From how to stay cool and wake up refreshed, to adjusting your diet during a heatwave, we have everything you need to stay healthy and happy through the summer months.

Check out our cooling iced tea recipes, delicious no-cook recipes and healthy picnic ideas for when it's too hot to eat inside. Plus, see our summer traybakes and summer storecupboard recipes, for when rising temperatures call for minimal shopping and prep.

Tips for the heatwave

How to keep cool at night

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When temperatures climb, it can be hard to get a restful night’s sleep. Health writer and nutritionist Kerry Torrens explores how you can stay cool and wake up refreshed for a new day.

How to keep cool in a heatwave

How to keep cool in a heatwave

We all look forward to summer but sometimes the heat can get the better of us. Health writer and nutritionist Kerry Torrens explores how to beat the heat and stay healthy through the summer months.

What to eat and drink during a heatwave

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The sun is shining and the mercury rising. We asked a nutritionist how we should adjust our diet during hot weather and whether you can cool off through what you eat.

Best ice cream makers

Best ice cream makers

From sweet, refreshing sorbets to delicious ice cream, whip up your own frozen desserts in a flash at home with some of the coolest ice cream machines around. If you don't have an ice cream maker, we still have lots of ice cream recipes which can be made in the freezer. Cool down with classic vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ripple.

Heatwave recipes

Healthy summer recipes

Mint and basil griddled peach salad in a bowl

From salads and light soups to grilled meats and fish, make the most of summer produce with our healthy BBQ, picnic and al fresco recipes. This colourful quinoa salad with mint, basil, avocado and peaches is a celebration of all things summer.

Healthy picnic recipes

Large summer salad on a plate, topped with feta

Too hot to eat inside? Pack your hamper with lighter summer treats, from healthier scotch eggs and chicken sandwiches, to healthy pasta salad and fruity desserts. Be sure to read our list of the best picnic accessories, to make sure you have everything you need for dining al fresco.

No-cook recipes

Salmon & smacked cucumber noodles

Don't sweat it, make our easy no-cook recipes for a speedy supper or an impressive dessert in a flash. Assemble simple ingredients to make something special, like these salmon and smacked cucumber noodles.

Ice lolly recipes

Raspberry tea ice lollies

Perfect for a summer day, these fruity, creamy, easy ice lolly recipes are sure to be a hit. Cool down with raspberry tea ice lollies, frozen banana lollies and watermelon lollies.

Iced tea recipes

Peach iced tea

Make a refreshing batch of iced tea to cool down this summer, it's great for easy entertaining. Try a sweet peach version or a blueberry and mint twist.

Summer traybake recipes

Summer tomato & sourdough traybake with olives

When it's too hot to stand in the kitchen for hours, a traybake recipe like this one with tomatoes, mozzarella and aubergine can be a life-saver. Whether you want a light family dinner or a fruity pudding, try our selection of summery traybakes which involve nothing more than arranging ingredients on a tray and popping in the oven.

Summer storecupboard recipes

Halloumi with lemony lentils, chickpeas & beetroot on a serving platter

Throw together a delicious summer meal using storecupboard staples such as chickpeas and lentils, plus a few extra ingredients. Our halloumi and lentil salad, chickpea burgers and pesto spaghetti are full of the fresh flavours you want on warm days.

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