While we don't have the humidity to make the heat oppressive, an extended period of hot weather is pretty hard on folks that do not have access to air conditioning. Below are some great ways to beat the heat and stay comfortable through a hot times.
Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
Dress for summer. Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, (2) are on fluid restrictive diets or (3) have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult
While our heatwaves don't last that long, and it does cool down at night, it can be quite uncomfortable for elderly people, children, and people that have a heat sensitive illness. Be sure to check on those that are impacted by the heat, and try to accomodate their needs. Also, don't forget about the pets. Make sure they have access to water, and a shady place to keep cool.
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe