A cold front approaches – Here’s how to stay warm this week [photos]

Need to stay warm? We have a few suggestions to keep that cold front at bay.

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) confirmed that a cold front is expected to make landfall this week. This will result in significant temperature drops in most parts of the country, starting Mondy evening. Here’s how to stay warm.

Remember to bring your pets in or make sure they have a warm spot to cosy up tonight and Tuesday evening. It’s going to be real cold out there. If you need some inspiration for staying warm, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s how to stay warm

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Cosy up during the cold front

Get the blankets and throws. Get the jackets and scarves or whichever item of clothing you associate with snuggles on a cold winter’s evening. The trick here is to either layer your clothing, or just go all out and make a blanket nest.

Try to avoid going out, if you can. It shouldn’t be all that difficult considering we’ve been forced to stay indoors as much as possible due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Hearty food

Prepare a proper winter’s feast this week to keep the cold at bay. Warm dishes are a sure-fire way to stay warm and there is no better time than the present to use the cold front to cook up a storm.

Cape Malay Curry

Mango, coriander and cumin all join forces in this chicken dish that puts the fire in your belly.

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Potjie 

A cast-iron pot where meat and vegetables are stewed, and occasionally mixed with dutch spices. Here’s a yummy lamb neck fillet

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Bake all day, if you are in a position to do so. Not just because winter-warmer dishes are essential, but because using your oven will heat up the whole house. As you bonus, your house will be filled with pleasant aromas.

Pea Soup

Pea Soup is so flavoursome, it will keep the cold away. Pair it with duck egg and ham for the ultimate winter-warmer.

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Gluhwein

One sip of the hearty blend will have you sinking back into the comfort of your seat, nourishing your whole body with warmth.

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If you do try the gluhwein, remember to take it slow with the alcohol. By all means, indulge a little, but too much of a good thing is not always a good idea. Rather stick to warm drinks such as coffee and tea.

There’s nothing quite like a hot drink on a cold night. Why not cosy up with a steaming hot chocolate? Remember to top with cream or marshmallows for extra luxury. But don’t forget to stay hydrated.

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We tend to avoid drinking water when it’s cold outside but water helps protect our immune system from dehydration, which can weaken your immune system. Why not infuse your water with lemon, mint, garlic and ginger?

Movie night

Close the doors and windows and get the family to huddle together in the living room. Bonus if you have a fireplace or gas heater. Turn the lounge floor into a haven of blankets and pillows.

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Better yet, build a blanket fort! You don’t even need kids in the family for this, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a grown-up blankfort. Simply gather all the blankets, arrange the chairs strategically and start draping.

Wear a hat and socks

My mother used to say that you lose most of of your body heat through head and toes. While that’s not scientifically accurate, it is true that more skin is exposed, the colder your be.

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Make sure everything from your top of your head to your tippy toes are covered, and that means a cozy beanie or scarf and a fuzzy socks. Just do it, thanks us later.

And if all else fails, stay in bed.

Need some inspiration for luxing out your bedroom and turning it into a cosy haven where one could lazily ride out the cold? Look no further! We’ve compiled a handy guide with decor tips for a quick, effective bedroom revamp.

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