5 Tips for Surviving a Heat Wave This Summer

By Jeremy Del Nero on 14 June 2017
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The calendar may still indicate “spring” but, with temperatures reaching over 90° F (32° C) in many parts of the United States, summer is clearly upon us.

While many enjoy the scorching weather, it’s nonetheless imprudent not to take certain precautions, especially for those spending a significant amount of time outdoors.

Here are five tips for staying healthy in the hot summer sun.

1.) Drink water.
Consuming copious amounts of water helps lower your body temperature and, of equal importance, replaces the fluid you lose through perspiration. Other beverages, including soft drinks, coffee, and especially those containing alcohol, are not a substitute and do little to lower your body temperature.

2.) When indoors, use air conditioning.
Most heat strokes occur not when people are out in the sun but when they are inside a home or apartment that is excessively hot (over 78° F or 25° C). Consider an electric fan to augment the air conditioning and circulate air, and make it feel even cooler.

3.) Avoid rigorous work or exercise at the hottest time of the day.
While the sun is at its highest point in the sky at noon (1 p.m. with Daylight Saving Time), the hottest point of the day is typically between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. since heat builds up instead of dissipating. The drop in temperature is accelerated after sundown. If working outside, take breaks and, as advised above, drink lots of water.

4.) Dress for the heat.
Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. An all-black ensemble may look cool but black material will absorb more heat than any other color. Cotton clothing articles will keep you cooler than most synthetics.

5.) Adjust your menu.
Instead of a hot meal, try lighter summer fare including fruit and salads. Not using a stove or oven will keep indoor temperatures lower as well. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these both promote dehydration.

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