Relentless rain may be putting a dampener on our summer but for teams at the Euro 2012 football championships in Poland and the Ukraine, things are hotting up.
England’s opening match against France was played in a sweltering 30 degrees and had the French donning ice jackets at half time to keep cool – very oh la la. Fans staying at a local campsite indulged in a more traditional approach, by splashing about in a giant paddling pool.
But manager Roy Hodgson has seen it all before. As Swiss Coach at the World Cup in the USA in 1994 his team experienced humidity of 91 percent and temperatures into the 40s. "You just have to get on with it," he said, nonchalantly.
Fast forward to the 2002 World Cup and England only ever managed to score in the first half of their games. By the second half they looked drained by the Japanese and South Korean heat to muster a decent shot.
But don't let the heat stop you. By taking sensible precautions you can exercise and enjoy warm weather - when it eventually comes our way.
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Keep cool and carry on - 5 top tips.
1. Bring a bottle
Warm weather makes your body work overtime and sweating is nature’s way of keeping cool. But it means you inevitably lose fluid. So drink plenty of water or quench your thirst with a sports drink to prevent dehydration.
When the thermometer rises it’s tempting to be get out and get fit. But remember to adjust slowly. It’s why athletes like to spend a few days ahead of major competitions getting used to extreme climates.
3. Settle for less
No matter how blue the sky, if it’s searing hot, steer clear of over exertion. Slower and steadier wins this race. Enjoy the weather but don't succumb to the sunshine.
4. Be a lark or an owl
Time your exercise to coincide with the cooler parts of the day – early morning and evening. It’s a great excuse to see the sunrise and sunset.
5. Look cool
Make sure you’re wearing the right gear: light weight breathable clothing, sunscreen, shades and a hat. But if you wear a helmet when you exercise, stop and take it off regularly to let your head cool down.
The last word goes to England captain, Stevie Gerrard, "Yeah, it's hot but it's hot for both teams. We won't use the heat and the conditions as an excuse," he said.