As Connecticut enters its 4th heat wave of the year we thought it was time to give some suggestions on keeping cool on these hot summer days. By definition a heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. For Connecticut a heat wave is 3 or more days over 90 degrees. Unfortunately for us this is often accompanied by humidity. When you combine the actual temperature with the humidity the result is a heat index. The heat index is a number representing how it feels on humans. The other day the temperature, according to weather.com, at my house was 95 degrees but the heat index was 107 degrees. This is extreme heat and shouldn’t be messed around with.
Tips for Keeping Cool
Hydrate – Drink plenty of water
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
Don’t use the oven for cooking
Stay out of the sun
Spend time in air conditioning – If you don’t have one at home you can walk around the mall, see a movie, go to the library.
If you have to be outside take frequent breaks
Protect your face with a hat
Avoid alcoholic beverages, they dehydrate you
Do your exercise in the early morning or evening when it is coolest
Eat foods with high water content like watermelons and cucumbers
Pay attention to how your body feels