Forecasters said temperatures in London and south-east England would rise sharply in the afternoon to 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 degrees Fahrenheit), making it warmer than the Maldives.

Parts of the country will see even more sunshine in the coming days, with temperatures on Tuesday set to soar above 32C (89.6F), making it the warmest day of the year.

A Danger has been declared in most of the countryhowever, people were warned not to stay out in the sun for long periods of time and to make sure they were covered in high-factor sunscreen.

Here are some of the best ways to keep cool in this week’s blistering heat, recommended by forecasters and authorities across Europe, including the National Health Service.

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Stay hydrated

It may seem obvious, but drinking plenty of water is often overlooked.

Cool down from the inside out by staying hydrated with plenty of fluids. It is recommended to drink 1.5 to 2 liters per day.

Taking a cool bath or shower will also help keep you cool, according to the NHS.

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Avoid alcohol

It’s bad news for some, but forecasters advise not to drink alcohol in extreme heat, as well as tea and coffee, which act as diuretics and can cause dehydration.

Read more: Find out the latest forecast for your area

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Pajamas in the freezer

Place a pillowcase or pajamas in the freezer during the day. Take them out before bed. Hopefully they will cool you down and help you sleep better.

Wearing loose cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses during the day will also help.

And lighter clothes will make you cooler.

…and flannels

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It’s especially refreshing to put a flannel in the freezer on your forehead when you’re in bed.

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Turn on the fan

Fans can help your body regulate its internal temperature – and putting a pan of ice cubes in front of it will make the circulating air even colder.

If you don’t have it on hand, fill a kettle with cold water.

Throw down the down blanket

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Thin cotton sheets absorb sweat and are more comfortable than blankets.

Your body temperature will start to drop at night – so hopefully you won’t feel hot and uncomfortable for too long.

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How to sleep better at night

It can be all too easy to start feeling irritable and irritable when you have trouble falling asleep.

It’s best to try to distract yourself with a relaxing activity like reading and try to go back to sleep when you’re tired.

Avoid the temptation to use your phone as this activity can stimulate you.

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Close the windows

Although it may seem counterintuitive, keeping windows closed and blinds closed during peak heat will keep rooms cooler.

Open the windows for ventilation when it is colder outside.

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The heat rises… so sleep on the bottom floor

If your house has several floors, it may be worth sleeping downstairs. Spend more time in the coolest room in the house.

Plan ahead

If you plan to spend time outside, plan your day so that you have enough food, water, and necessary medications.

The NHS says anyone vulnerable to heatstroke should avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, which is usually between 11am and 3pm.

Make sure you have sunscreen, even if you’re not prone to sunburn. Apply at least SPF15 with UVA protection.

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Keep pets in the shade

Owners may worry about how to keep their pets cool.

For starters, don’t keep them in the car, and at home, the humane society advises keeping pets in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.

Apply ice packs or cold towers to their head, neck and chest.

Try this tip from the Royal Navy

Royal Navy officers have been dipping their hands in cold water to cool down faster since the 1990s.

Research has shown that colder water accelerates the rate of cooling – the core temperature drops by about one degree for every 10 minutes of immersing your hand in 15C water.

This technique is also used by athletes who need to cool down quickly when alternating between rest and movement.

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Photo: AP

Place ice on the pulse points

Applying ice to the wrists and the side of the neck can help reduce body temperature because the blood vessels in these areas are close to the surface of the skin.

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