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8 gadgets to keep cool during the heatwave from neck fans to cooling towels

LOTS of Brits will be looking for clever ways to keep cool during this week's sweltering heatwave.

The Met Office announced its first ever "extreme heat" alert on Tuesday and temperatures have been soaring beyond 32C.

From neck fans to cooling towels, and even mats that will keep your pets chilled, you can buy all sorts of gadgets to help combat high temperatures.

You don't need to break the bank either as great products designed for this weather can start from as little as £4.

But you will want to be quick, partly because the glorious sunshine might not stick around long, but mostly because products have been selling out quickly.

Keep in mind that each gadget available to cool hot and bothered Brits will be subject to availability and the hot temperatures will have shoppers flocking.

Before you splash out, make sure you shop around online as you may be able to find cheaper deals.

We've narrowed down our top picks of gadgets you need to keep cool during the heatwave.

Neck fan – £10.99 – buy now

You can get your hands on a neck fan for as little as £10.99 at Amazon.

The hands-free gadget comes with three different speeds for outdoor sports, traveling and camping.

The battery lasts between four and 12 hours, and then you can recharge by USB in just a few hours.

This was the cheapest neck fan that we could find online.

Cooling bedding – £18.99 – buy in stores

Aldi's cooling bedding sold out online almost overnight – but you can still get your hands on it in some stores.

You'll need to be quick though, as it's only available while stocks last.

The beddings is specifically designed to give you a more comfortable night's sleep when the nights get hotter.

The double-size set is available is four different colours and patterns, including teal, grey, blue dots, and grey dots.

It's one of the cheapest options available.

At Next you can pick up cooling bedding from £25 which also features the tencel cooling materials – but that price is for a single bed set.

Cooling mat for pets – £5 – buy now

When the weather is warm, it's important to keep your cats and dogs nice and cool too.

Fortunately, B&M has launched a range of cooling mats for pets designed to look like lemons, oranges, watermelons or kiwis.

They are designed to help with allergies, heat stroke, skin conditions and post-surgery – so if you make a purchase, the mats can last beyond the summer too.

B&M also has a range of plainer cooling mats starting at the same price.

The discounter had the cheapest mats we could find. You can buy a similar product from petshop.co.uk, but the plainer style is 99p more expensive at £5.99.

Instant cooling ice towel – £3.99 – buy now

Wowcher has discounted this Instant Cooling Ice Towel from £19.99 to just £3.99.

Made from absorbent microfibre, simply soak the towel in water and it will instantly cool to 30 degrees below average body temperature.

Perfect for keeping your head, face, or shoulders cool, the towel will stay cool for up to two hours when wet.

The Wowcher deal gives you a choice of light blue, dark blue and pink colours.

It was the cheapest offer we could find online.

Mist and sip bottle – £26.42 – buy now

You can pick up a mist and sip water bottle from Amazon for just £26.42.

Perfect for hot days, this bottle has a double-wall insulation that keeps drinks colder for longer periods of time.

It also doubles up as a mister, allowing you to spray yourself with cool water when temperatures rise.

It's available in blue, green and purple and we couldn't find a cheaper version available online.

Cooling eye mask – £9.99 – buy now

Cooling eye masks are a great way to beat the warmer weather and there's loads of options available online

You can get single-use ones, which tend to be more pricey, or reusable ones that you can pop in the fridge or freezer each time.

Here it might be worth avoiding the cheapest options as they tend to get poorer customer feedback.

But this £9.99 version from Amazon has 4.5 stars out of five, with over a thousand reviewers.

Air conditioner – £33.99 – buy now

Most full sized air conditioning units are very expensive, but a smaller one might do the trick for a fraction of the price.

For instance, we found this Mini Water-Cooled Rechargeable Air Conditioner for just £33.99 online.

The air conditioner cools the air using the evaporation of water. It draws in hot air and transforms it into refreshing air using water added to the top tray.

The long-lasting battery means it can be used for 24 hours when fully charged or you can keep it plugged in.

We also found a JML version for just £30 on Amazon, although the reviews weren't as glowing.

Reusable ice cubes – £6 – buy now

Making ice cubes is messy and time consuming, so reusable ones can remove a lot of the hassle.

Even better, you can use them to keep your drinks cold without diluting them as the ice cubes melt.

There's plenty of options out there, but the cheapest we could find per cube, were these reusable ice cubes from John Lewis – £6 for a pack of 30.

We explain whether the extreme temperatures can warrant a day off work too.

That's while people are sharing their best "air con" hacks to keep cool in the heatwave.

Plus we've got five ways to soothe any sunburn you might have caught over during the glorious weather.

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