Feel like tearing off your clothes due to extreme heat? We feel you. With the amount of damage the heat has done to Karachiites since last year it’s become imperative to take measures to keep breathing… Here’s 5 tips for staying cool till the winter comes:

  1. Cotton clothes are a lifesaver

Absorb less sunlight and save that classy blazer for later. Cotton clothes will keep you cooler than any synthetic fibers throughout the month if worn in lighter colors. Keep your head and nape covered specially when out in the sun.

  1. Alternatives to water

Don’t let your body run out of water even for a minute. But if you’re in the mood for something a little more refreshing consider Lassi, watermelon juice, lemonades or mango shakes to restore your energy. Remember to avoid caffeine as it increases dehydration.

  1. Go old-school and purchase a floor fan

Floor fans are a cheaper alternatives to the more pricey air conditioners. If your electricity bill is giving you shocks and installing additional ceiling fans isn’t an option then grab a floor fan now available at literally every other dukaan.

  1. Sleep in the fridge… almost

This might sound insane but magic is insane. Put sheets in a plastic bag and store it into the fridge for a few minutes before going to bed. Get it out in 20 minutes and you’ll realize for the first time how blessed you are to have a fridge. Of course, this won’t keep you chilled all night, but it’ll provide you a brief respite from the sweltering heat and humidity.

  1. Remember: Your pets get dehydrated too

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm are the ‘stay inside’ hours for anyone in Karachi where temperatures can soar to a blazing 40 degrees. Keep yourself indoors and your pets (or any animals for that matter) well-hydrated and remain in cool areas of the house.