Get ready for the heat. Today (July 8, 2020) we've got a heat advisory in the Capital Region that will make it feel like 95-100 degrees according to the heat index. That is pretty hot.
Chances are you're probably going to want to cool off. There are some obvious things that come to mind for keeping cool in the hot summer months. Jumping in a pool, escaping to the air conditioned home, or trying to catch the shade of a big tree. I did find some over helpful tips and tricks that can help you out if you can't do any of the obvious things.
According to MedicineNet.com:
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color.
- Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
- Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
Another option they suggest is to take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water. That could come in handy for kids who might love having some extra play time in the tub!
I found another source of information via UrbanCultivator.
They say to make sure your drink plenty of water.
Hydration is key when your body is trying to maintain homeostasis, or the regulated state (in this case, at a decent temperature). Sweating, though kind of unappealing sometimes, is your body's way of cooling you down.
It's also good to note that while water is the best option, other drinks will also help cool you down and any liquid is better than no liquid.
Avoiding the sun between 11am and 2pm is also helpful as that's when it's at its hottest and becoming sunburnt is most likely to happen.
I love this tip - refrigerate or freeze your bedsheets a half hour before bed to fall asleep on some nice cool sheets. That sounds magical to me.
Whatever you do to beat the heat just make sure that you're staying safe and remember to keep hydrated.