The second that I stepped outside in the Hamptons today, I felt like I was punched in the face by the heat. It’s insanely hot out there today.
For the last couple of days and for the foreseeable week, my daily life is revolving around the following question, “Where can I find air-conditioning right now?”
I’ll move from my office, to my car, to my bedroom as fast as possible, with as little time possible spent in the 90 plus degree heat outside. It’s just too darn hot out, it makes everything difficult to do.
Can you imagine if you were in New York City right now boiling in this heat? It must be really tough, especially for those that have to work in a suit all day. Happily though, if you are lucky enough to get to the beach today, the water temperature as risen above 70 degrees and is cool and comfortable to swim in. So if you need to take a dip to get out of the heat, you won’t be shocked by the cold water.
Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
Dress for summer. Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, (2) are on fluid
restrictive diets or (3) have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
Do not take salt tablets unless specified
by a physician. Persons on salt restrictive diets should consult a physician before increasing their salt intake.
Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult