Dealing with Scorching Temperatures
June 24, 2016
Tuesday was the first day of summer and in case you need reminding, Texas summers are extremely hot and incredibly long. In fact, it likely won’t cool down until well into September. If you’ve been here a while you probably know all the tricks. But, if you’re new here, like so many of the people coming to the Lone Star State for jobs and a generally lower cost of living, here’s a few ways to deal with the summer temperatures.
Making the Most of Cool Water
-Drink plenty of water (and carry it with you as often as possible).
-Make sure you learn to swim well and take advantage of natural and man-made watering holes.
-Take a cool shower or bath if you feel like you’re overheated.
Spending Time Outdoors
-Avoid walking on asphalt, especially if you’re barefoot, the temperature spikes on concrete.
-Wear a hat outside to cover your head.
-Dress appropriate and use sunglasses and sunscreen. We’re closer to the equator and the suns’ rays are more direct here. Wear thin, lightly colored clothing.
-Exercise early in the morning or in the evening (always be careful of your surroundings) to avoid the hottest part of the day.
At Home and in the Car
-Plan ahead so that you have access to functioning AC in your home and vehicle.
-If you’re home, keep your blinds and curtains closed on windows that face direct sunlight.
-Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can increase the risk of dehydration.
-Do not leave pets or children in vehicles when you turn off the engine.
And, if you’re looking for indoor activities for yourself or your children, check out the local mall for walking hours, indoor gyms, indoor play areas and your local library among others. You’d be surprised, if you look for free entertainment in your own city you might be overwhelmed with the options. In the Texas heat, there’s no time like the present to check out a few indoor options! Stay cool and enjoy the summer, we hope it’s a healthy one for you and your family!2