Staying Cool On A Toasty Tuesday

Well, there’s no need for me to tell you that it is H-O-T, HOT out there!

For my 7-Day forecast there’s not a single daily high temperature on there lower than 96 degrees. As far as overnight lows go, the smallest temperature is 74 degrees. This heat is exceptionally dangerous and we all need to do things to protect ourselves in these toasty times.

So, what can YOU do to cool off?

The National Weather Service recommends reducing the time that you spend outside — or even eliminating it completely! If you have to be outdoors for work, taking frequent breaks in the shade is the way to go.

That’s not all you can do though!

You can also dress accordingly. Light-colored clothing actually REFLECTS sunlight, where as darker colors ABSORB the heat. Even a black tank top on a day like this can be uncomfortable, compared to a light-colored one. Clothing should be lightweight, as well.

It’s also important to stay hydrated. While we all recognize that it can be pleasing to sip on a cold, frozen beverage, WATER is the best thing that you can drink to cool off. Even if you don’t particularly feel like you need or want anything to drink, water has excellent cooling powers.

Staying out of the sun is one of the BEST ways to stay cool! Getting a sunburn makes it MUCH harder for your body to cool off. A tan looks great, but the process of getting one can be dangerous in these extreme temperatures!

It’s also important to remember to take care of each other. People with heart problems, breathing problems, the very young, and the elderly are at an increased risk of heat-related illnesses.

Do you have an elderly relative, friend, or neighbor whom you can check on? Even if this person doesn’t live in Middle Georgia, the heat is on in many spots! Give him or her a call, or if that person is local, stop by and check in.

Lastly, we can’t forget our pets in these hot times. If you’re hot or cold, chances are, your pooch is too! Think about it: our animals are covered in FUR! Limit your pet’s exposure to these extreme temperatures. Sure, Fido needs exercise and he needs to go outside to use the bathroom, but you shouldn’t leave your pet outdoors for an extended period of time and you should NEVER leave your pet in a car!

Source: National Weather Service.

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