Florida, like many other states in the nation, is working its way out of the hottest summer on record. It’s not only been a hot summer but, believe it or not, it was an overly-warm winter and spring as well. According to Federal climate scientists, there is little, if any, relief in site. Climate change may be here to stay.
El Niño will be felt for some time to come. What is felt here on planet Earth has an echo in the atmosphere that is thousands of miles away. Thanks to last year’s El Niño and global warming, there have been heat-related events on our planet, including:
This year, our daily average temperature is 1.89 degrees Fahrenheit above anything we have felt before. Climatologists warn that just because El Niño is moving its way out, its effects are something we will be feeling for the foreseeable future.What does that mean to you? It’s time to get smart about the heat. Here are some great tips to beat the heat, even if only for a few minutes.
You have a variety of choices when it comes to fabrics for your clothes and bedding. Cotton should always be your first pick. The fabric is breathable and promotes air flow. This is true of your clothing and your sheets. When the temperatures soar, cotton should be your go-to.
It sounds strange, but put your clothes in the freezer for a few minutes before you put them on. Your clothes won’t stay cold all day, but you will get some momentary comfort. You can do the same with your sheets before you go to bed. You may not feel like changing your linens right before you lay down for the night, but imagine laying on a cool bed after spending the day in the hot sun.
Window fans are great for blowing cool air through your house, but you will only be sucking the hot air in if you keep them turned on. Never fear. Keep your fans on but turn them so that they face outward. They will pull the hot air out of your house and blow it outside where it belongs.
When you get dressed, opt for clothing that hangs loosely. Loose fabric will let the air circulate around your body and help to wick away sweat. Flowing cotton or linen shirts and baggy pants are always a better choice than clothes that fit like a second skin.
Fill a baking pan with water and put it in the freezer. When it is frozen, pull it out and sit it in front of a fan. Turn the fan on and enjoy the cool air.
Ice is cold, but it’s doing you no good in the freezer. Pull out a few cubes and place them on your pulse points. You can do the same thing with ice packs or bags of frozen vegetables. Place the ice on your wrists, elbows, ankles and behind your knees.
Stay as far away from people as you can. You may feel like cuddling on the couch while watching a movie or even snuggling up to your partner when you go to bed, but don’t. Staying a bit farther away than you normally would will help you to stay cool.
You don’t have to have a swimming pool to be able to cool off in the hot weather. Jump in a cool shower or bath tub. Even just a few minutes in cool water can help bring down your body temperature temporarily.
Avoid cooking in the house. Likewise, don’t run your clothes dryer. Both of these things will raise the temperature inside of your home. Cook on the grill and hang your clothes outside to dry. Don’t add extra heat to your house.
If you feel yourself getting too hot, take a moment to put your bare feet into a bucket of cold water. You have a lot of pulse points in your ankles and feet, and the cold water will help to cool your body’s temperature quickly.
Since we know the heat is here to stay, figuring out ways we can beat it is something to do now. Scientists have told us that our average temperatures will never return to what they used to be. Knowing how to cool ourselves down at home and at work is important.
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