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5 apps to help beat the summer heat

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Posted on January 19, 2016

4 min read

Just because the rest of the country is melting through a sweltering hot summer it doesn’t mean you have to. You may not realise it yet but you’ve already got one of the world’s best ‘heat-beaters’ in your very own pocket. That’s right, there’s a stack of clever ways your mobile phone can be your best friend this summer and help you stay safe and cool. Here’s our picks for your ‘must-have’ heat-beating apps.

Weatherzone – Free – Android and iOS

Knowing when to stay at home, draw the curtains and put some towels in the freezer is critical. Knowing when to open all of the doors and windows and soak up a cool change is just as important. There’s a stack of weather apps out there but for value and functionality the Weatherzone app is difficult to go past. Using Buerau of Meteorology data Weatherzone merges beautiful design with features like 3 hourly temperatures, rain radars, a lightning tracker and over 2000 Australian locations… And that’s just the tip of what this amazing little app can do.

For weather buffs there’s also a premium version of the app packed full of all of the extra hectopascal data your heart desires.

Suppertime – Free – Android and iOS

There’s really no better way to beat the heat than with an icy cold, sweet treat like ice-cream. Ice-cream is the ultimate summer (and any other season for that matter) dessert. There’s a stack of restaurant delivery apps like Menulog that will let you search for restaurants nearby that will deliver ice-cream right to your front door.

For our money though Suppertime can’t be beat because for Sydney and Melbourne customers in their delivery area (sorry everyone else) you can now order ice-cream from the world-famous and exceptionally delicious Messina Gelato. Flavours include Apple Pie, Bounty and Fairy Bread. If you, for some reason, feel funny about having nothing but ice-cream for dinner you can also order food from some of the city’s finest restaurants as well.

Waterlogged – Free – iOS

Water is your best friend in a heatwave. Staying hydrated can literally be the difference between life and death. Surprisingly though, most of us don’t drink enough water at the best of times, let alone when we are out in the heat.

That’s where Waterlogged comes in. This is the ultimate way to keep track of your water intake and make sure you are hyper-hydrated. The app lets you snap pics of your own water containers to help measure your consumption as well as providing reminders and charts telling you how much water you need each day.

SunSmart – Free – Android and iOS

Released by the Victorian Cancer Council the SunSmart app helps you slip, slop and slap and stay safe from the harmful effects of over-exposure to the sun.

The app lets you tailor a sunscreening plan, reminders and will give you information on UV levels so you know the best days and times to stay inside. On the flipside the app will also tell you if you are not getting enough sun and need more vitamin D! Clever!

Event Cinemas – Free – Android and Apple

There’s no better place to be on a hot day than in an airconditioned room. If you don’t have air-conditioning at home or your home suddenly doesn’t feel big enough for the whole family to be inside all day, movie cinemas are your best friend.

Aside from the pure joy of experiencing a movie in the best way possible, cinemas give you access to all of the free air-conditioning your hot little heart desires. If you are a Telstra customer and clever about it too you can also snag a discounted event cinema ticket through our Telstra Thanks program.

Disclaimer: This is a personal entry and part or all of it is based on third party product descriptions, without further research; any commentary on third party products in this article is not intended to be an endorsement by Telstra, which has no association with the mentioned products unless expressly stated otherwise.