Stay cool: Eat spicy food, fill sock with rice

The upcoming heat wave is set to break records--- KOIN brings you facts about the heat

Eating spicy food or filling a sock with rice are among the ways to beat the heat, June 22, 2015 (KOIN)
Eating spicy food or filling a sock with rice are among the ways to beat the heat, June 22, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Monday marks 19 consecutive days with no rain.

The day is set to break the record for consecutive June days with no rain. The previous record was 18 days with no rain in June 1951.

The record for 90 degree or higher days in June is 6 days, which happened in 1970 and in 2003. So far this June, there have been four 90 degree days.

The hottest June day on record was 102 degrees on June 24, 2006.

This weekend, records could be set. For June 26, the hottest day was in 2006 at 102 degrees. In 2000, the June 27 record stands at 98. The June 28 record is 100, in 2008, and the record for June 29 is 97 in 1951.

The longest stretch of consecutive days with no rain in Portland is 41 days, between June 27-Aug 6, 1967.

This weekend, temperatures are expected to pass 100. The last time temperatures were in the 100s was August 16 2012.

The earliest day Portland has ever had a 100 degree day is May 28, 1983.

How to beat the heat

There are dozens of ways to beat the heat, with 24 of them listed on the Greatist.com site. Among them:

Put your sheets in the freezer before bed
Sleep like an Egyptian — dampen sheets or towels in cool water
Consider going without pajamas
Take a cold shower before bed

Other ideas include eating spicy food. That will cause you to sweat, which will cool you off.

“Asian cultures believe that the more spicy you eat the more it helps you circulate your blood flow and it makes you sweat and helps you stay cool,” said Katay Keovichith with Just Thai.

Or try a trick from the world of golf. Soak up all the water you can with cool and dry pads, stick them in the freezer, and then use them for longer than a standard wet towel would last.

Neck wear is also important. A neck sleeve filled with flax seed will stay cold a long time after you put it in the freezer for just a few minutes.

One unique idea is to fill a sock with rice and put that in the freezer. The cold, frozen rice will stay cold for 30 minutes while you doze off.

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