How to Stay Cool During This Weekend’s Heat Index

By Cristi McKee

(Photo: US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida)

The US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida reported that this weekend is to be “abnormally” hot. Over the course of the weekend, from Friday to Monday, temperatures are expected to rise and reach the 100s. With a low chance of precipitation and a low chance of temperatures dropping below 70 degrees, Memorial Day weekend activities will be strenuous outdoors and indoors. Try these tips to stay cool during this impressive heat index.

If you’re inside:

Stay hydrated — Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the course of the heat index will help your body cool down throughout the day.

Draw the blinds — Drawing the blinds or curtains helps keep the heat from outside make its way through to the inside.

Stay inside — If possible, staying indoors—so long as there is functioning air conditioning or cooling fans operating (if temperature is below 95 degrees)—helps to keep heat exhaustion from occurring.

Wear light clothing — Avoiding wearing heavy materials will reduce the chance of heat exhaustion occurring.

If you’re outside:

Stay hydrated — Staying hydrated—especially if you’ll be outside while the heat index is in effect—will help keep your body temperature stabilized and will keep you from experiencing dehydration.

Take breaks — Taking breaks and giving yourself time to rest while outside is an important step in maintaining a healthy body temperature and avoiding overheating.

Wear a hat — Whether you’re in the shade or not, wearing a hat that is wide enough to cover your face is important to do during a heat index such as this one.

Bring a fan — Keeping a battery-powered fan with you if you plan to be outside will keep air flow continuous. Remember: fans do not actually reduce body temperature, they just make the immediate surrounding environment more comfortable in terms of air flow.

Avoid high-energy activities — Try not to undergo any strenuous activities while outside in these temperatures. These activities increase body temperature and increase the chance of getting heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion is common when temperatures such as these are reached. The US National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida urges Tallahassee residents to be mindful of heat exhaustion symptoms, and released the following helpful graph to help identify them. Remember to check on your friends, pets, and family members, too!

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