Doctor Suggested Quick and Easy Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning in Pune

As temperatures in Pune soar to new heights, learn effective and low-cost methods to stay cool and safe during the extreme heat, especially for those without air conditioning.
Pune heatwave: Stay cool without an AC
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As summer peaks, Pune is experiencing a significant rise in temperatures, with forecasts from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting that the mercury could soar to 40 degrees Celsius this week. The average temperature in Pune during summer has seen a notable increase over the past decade, often reaching uncomfortable highs. 

With air conditioning still not a common amenity, only about 12.6% of urban Indian households own an air conditioner, as reported by The Hindu BusinessLine, the challenge to stay cool is significant. Here are several expert-backed strategies for Pune residents to manage the heat effectively without relying on air conditioning:

Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is essential to prevent dehydration, a common risk during heatwaves. Dr. Anita Patil, a Pune-based general practitioner, advises, "Make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and don’t wait until you feel thirsty."

Optimize Your Windows: Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the day to block out the sun. According to energy experts, up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from windows. Using blackout curtains can reduce indoor temperatures significantly.

Use Fans Wisely: Position fans near windows during cooler hours to bring fresh air inside and create cross-ventilation. Placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan can also help chill the breeze circulating in your room.

Cool Your Skin: Regularly apply cool water to your skin or take cool showers to reduce body temperature. Wearing light, loose-fitting cotton clothes can also help your body stay cool.

Sleep Smart: During the night, temperatures can be cooler. Take advantage of this by making sure that air can circulate freely in your sleeping area. You might also try sleeping on the floor if it feels cooler than your bed.

Eat Light: Heavy meals can increase body heat, as metabolic heat is needed to break down the food. Opt for salads, fruits, and light proteins that are easier to digest.

Implementing these tips can provide relief during the severe heatwaves that are becoming more common in Pune and other parts of India due to climate change. While these measures do not replace the effectiveness of air conditioning, they offer practical, low-cost alternatives to help you stay cool during the scorching summer months.

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