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Does drinking hot liquids on a hot day actually cool you off?

Yes, technically, but not nearly enough.
hot cup of coffee

A hot beverage on a hot day sounds almost counterintuitive enough to work.


Every summer, reporters from around the world call Ollie Jay to ask one question: Does consuming hot liquids in the summer really cool you off?

“I think the old wives’ tale of drinking a hot drink on a hot day really resonates,” Jay says. He now heads the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory at the University of Sydney. But back in 2012, while at the University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics, he published a which found that hot cool you down, at least to a certain degree.

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