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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

10 stay cool in extreme heat ideas!

Could it be any hotter? I know we have rough winters so complaining is not really an option when the summer climate shares her warm days. But this is a little much even for the most die hard heat lovers. Here are some ideas to stay cool right now.

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Avoid sugary and caffeinated beverages, as they can dehydrate you. If you're engaging in physical activities or spending time outdoors, drink water regularly.

  2. Seek Air Conditioning: Spend time in air-conditioned environments, such as your home, shopping malls, libraries, or community centers. If you don't have air conditioning at home, consider visiting public spaces that offer cool air during hot days.

  3. Use Fans and Ventilation: Utilize fans and proper ventilation to circulate air in your home. Position fans strategically to create a cross-breeze effect. You can also use window fans or box fans to draw in cooler air during the evening or early morning.

  4. Create Shade: If you're spending time outdoors, look for shaded areas to stay cool. Use umbrellas, awnings, or canopies to provide shade and block direct sunlight. Consider adding shade structures or planting trees in your backyard to create natural shade.

  5. Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton or linen. Light colors can help reflect sunlight and keep you cooler. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

  6. Cool Showers or Baths: Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. Use a spray bottle filled with cold water to mist your face and body throughout the day. Wet a towel with cold water and place it on your neck or forehead for instant cooling.

  7. Limit Outdoor Activities: Minimize outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, usually from late morning to mid-afternoon. If you need to be outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas or air-conditioned spaces.

  8. Use Cooling Devices: Consider using cooling devices like handheld fans, misting fans, or cooling towels. These can provide immediate relief by lowering your body temperature or creating a refreshing breeze.

  9. Avoid Heat-Generating Activities: Avoid using heat-generating appliances like ovens, stoves, or dryers during the hottest hours. Instead, opt for lighter meals that don't require much cooking, or use outdoor grills to keep the heat outside.

  10. Stay Informed: Keep track of weather forecasts and heat advisories in your area. Stay informed about any heat-related warnings or precautions issued by local authorities. This information can help you plan your activities and take necessary precautions.

Remember, extreme heat can be dangerous, so it's important to prioritize your safety and well-being. If you or someone around you experiences symptoms of heat exhaustion or heatstroke, such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, or confusion, seek immediate medical attention.

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