Summer May Almost Be Over, But the Heat is Not
While summer is technically almost over (the first day of fall is September 23), it still feels hotter than ever outside. In fact, the Shelby County Office of Preparedness has issued an excessive heat warning today that is supposed to last several days. With temperatures nearly reaching one hundred degrees and the heat index–temperature coupled with humidity–making it feel even hotter, it’s very important to follow these tips for staying cool.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place that has air conditioning such as a mall, library or community center.
- Drink plenty of cool fluid, especially water. Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol as they will dehydrate you.
- Wear loose, light colored clothing that reflects the sunlight rather than absorbs it.
- Limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, typically between 2 and 4 p.m.
- Never leave anyone in a car, especially children and the elderly.
- Be sure to check on the elderly and those who live alone to make sure they’ve not been affected by the heat.