I feel just a little bad about whining about the heat with what my friends in the lower mainland are putting up with. But relativly speaking going from 5 to 30℃( 41 to 86℉) is a pretty wide spread. We have developed a few strategies for dealing with the heat wave. For example we get up early to do any chores we have to get done before the sun turns to scorch. And of course lot's of cool refreshing beverages. There is nothing like water to quench the thirst. The Dogs prefer the taste of water right from the hose. And of course the ultimate in cool off— popsicles:
Xena has clearly passed on the lick and chomp method of hogging the whole Popsicle to her Sister Cleo who took to it with Olympic finesse.
Oh well, I am collecting Popsicle sticks anyway. We've been on the hunt for those plastic home Popsicle makers but haven't found any in Fraser Lake or Burns Lake. I have plans for a frozen yogurt concoction with a stick.
Another thing we use is gel filled neckerchiefs. I can't remember where we bought these ones, perhaps it was Surplus Herbies in Kamloops. If you Google it you can find plans and sources for making your own. They work by cooling the carotid arteries on both sides of the neck and make an amazing difference for quite a while.
To replenish them just soak in water. To make them truly magic, keep them in a water filled plastic container in the fridge. Chilling.
Ice cold watermelon is not an option but a requirement.