Drink plenty of water when it’s hot

Published 9:22 am Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Wooo, it’s hot.

As the height of summer rolls on, temperatures from here on out aren’t going to be forgiving.

For the rest of the week, highs are forecasted to be in the low 90s, according to the National Weather Service. There might be a shower or two during the week to give us a break, but expect more warm temperatures.

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Drinking water can help you cope with the high temperatures.

A lot of sources say that you’re supposed to drink around 64 ounces of water a day.

However, I’m of the belief that a gallon would suffice.

I say this and admit that I haven’t been drinking a gallon of water day. That’s a habit I’m going to break real soon.

The American Red Cross gives the following tips to abide by during a heat wave:

• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).

• Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

• Eat small meals and eat more often.

• Avoid extreme temperature changes.

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

• Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

• Postpone outdoor games and activities.

• Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

• Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

• Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Try and stay cool, drink plenty of water, wash your hands and wear a mask.