How do you keep cool in a heat wave?

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How do you keep cool in a heat wave?

Ryne Abraham
flight attendant | Washington Square West
“I’m very light-complected so sunblock is essential. I also try to stay in the shade whenever possible. Between 1-3 p.m., I stay indoors. I don’t have air [conditioning] at my place but I use a fan to cool off.Clothing is usually shorts and a tank top.”

Ryne Abraham
flight attendant | Washington Square West
“I’m very light-complected so sunblock is essential. I also try to stay in the shade whenever possible. Between 1-3 p.m., I stay indoors. I don’t have air [conditioning] at my place but I use a fan to cool off.Clothing is usually shorts and a tank top.”

Karen Feit
social worker | Washington Square West
“Drink lots of fluids. But not coffee; it’s dehydrating. Sunglasses are a must. I also wear a skirt in hot weather, rather than pants. Skirts or dresses let more air circulate.”

Rose Goddard
artist | South Philadelphia
“White cotton T-shirts are great. They reflect the sun rather than absorb it. It’s also helpful to wear clothes that fit properly, not too tight or too baggy. You don’t want to be rearranging your clothes. That just makes you more aware of your sweat. And never wear polyester: That holds your sweat in.”

Carmen Williams
student | Washington Square West
“Don’t wear make-up or false eyelashes during the day. It just makes you feel hotter, and your skin gets oilier. Save the make-up for the evening. I tend to wear crop tops and flip flops on hot summer days.”