Headache Trigger #1: Heat
According to a Harvard University study of more than 7,000 emergency room patients diagnosed with headaches, your headache risk jumps 7.5 percent each time the temperature rises by 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat may cause the blood vessels in your head to expand and press up against nerve endings that surround the blood vessels, causing pain from minor to migraine-strength, says Alexander Mauskop, M.D., neurologist and director of the New York Headache Center.
What to do: While you can’t change the weather, on especially sweltering days it’s important to stay properly hydrated, spend most of your time in a cool indoor space or outdoors in the shade or water. To soothe an ache, apply a cold compress to the base of your neck.