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Above-Average Temperatures Predicted This Fall: How to Handle the Heat

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Summer may be winding down, but this year, that doesn’t mean the temperatures are falling quite yet.

After reporting the hottest month on global record this past July, the Southeast Regional Climate Center forecasts that we should anticipate above-average temperatures for the next three months in much of the country.

As you and your family get ready for the changing seasons, we’re here with some tips to help you beat the heat and stay well as temperatures continue to soar.

Limit Your Time Outdoors

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very serious concerns during periods of excessive heat, and situations can become dire if not properly treated.

The hottest part of the day typically falls between 10 am and 4 pm. We recommend limiting your time outdoors and avoiding high-energy activities, like yard work or outdoor exercise, during this period. If you must be outside, seek a shady area whenever possible, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks.

In addition to heat-related illnesses, it’s also important to know the potential for severe sunburn during extreme heat. Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, a hat and sunscreen when you spend any time outdoors.

Stay Hydrated

Chronic dehydration is a real issue for millions, if not most, Americans. If you feel thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated, so drinking fluids regularly throughout the day is highly recommended, even when you aren’t thirsty. However, it’s important to note that not all fluids are hydrating. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages can contribute to dehydration, so it’s best to stick to water and drinks with electrolytes.

Check on your friends and family, especially children and older people, during this season of high temperatures and make sure they’re also staying hydrated.

Your Guide to Whole Health, No Matter the Season

Staying cool, hydrated and informed is the best way to stay safe in extreme heat. If you’re feeling unwell and think you could be experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it’s important to take immediate action and seek medical assistance.

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