As temperatures are on a steady rise throughout the southern states, it seems as though Mother Nature is trying to either tell us something or she is playing an incredible ugly joke on us. Over Memorial Day weekend temperatures in the south are going to remain in the HIGH 90’s and possible even reach 100.
Sadly, it isn’t even officially summer and yet the temperatures are already extreme, so what does this mean for summer in the south? This will mean that many people will be at much higher risks for additional medical issues and possibly even worse than that. I do want to make y’all aware of those who could be at these higher risks:
- People over the age of 65 years old.
- Those who have medical conditions such as, diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness.
- Individuals that take medication that could affect how their body reacts to the heat, like allergy, blood pressure, seizure, antidepressants or anti-psychotic medication or water pills.
- Problematic alcohol and drug usage.
- A person with a disability.
- People that have issues moving around, such as those who are wheelchair bound.
- Pregnancy women and those who are breast feeding.
- Babies and young children.
- Those that are over-weight or obese.
- People who exercise or work outdoors.
- People who just recently arrived from cooler temperatures.
Even though there are going to be many people at risk during these hot months, there are things we can all do to possibly combat these insanely high temperatures. I am going to share a list of IMPORTANT things for us to remember:
- Even when not thirsty, drink plenty of fluids anyway.
- Keep cool by utilizing cool towels, put your feet in cold water or take cool, NOT a cold showers.
- Spend as much time as possible in the air conditioning.
- Block the sun with blinds, shades or curtains.
- Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day. The heat starts to build after 12pm, noon and tends to be the hottest around 3pm.
- Wear light colors and loose clothing.
- Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. We should try eating cold meals, like salads, instead of hot meals.
- Avoid heavy activities as much as possible!
- Pay very close attention to information provided by the news or weather channels regarding extreme heat warnings.
- Avoid alcohol!
The heat tends to bother me in some awful ways, but high humidity causes even more issues for me. I know something I have found is, after my car has literally been baking in the sun for hours it feels way more like a mobile sauna than my car. I guess that was something pretty darn simple to realize! Now, considering my car is SO HOT, I cannot drive for a few minutes for obvious safety reasons and logic. I always do my best to wait with the windows down and the air conditioning starting to cool before starting the journey to wherever I am going. I do not start moving until the car is blowing cold air! I have found this to be very helpful and it does work, or at least it does for me!
If I need to leave my house for any reason at all, such as grocery shopping, I either wait until after the sun goes down or first thing in the morning. Planning tasks according to what can be completed at home and what can only be done by leaving the house is crucial. Of course I have always been an insane planner, so this is easy for me! It is not always easy though to plan shopping or other activities because plans may change due to unforeseen obstacles, but that is when you just find alternative ways to accomplish your tasks to be taken care of.
I would like to answer y’all a few questions because of how amazing I find you! I will not put any extra stress on you, but at the same time I am strongly encouraging you to try answering at least one of my questions. Does the heat affect you at all? If the heat does bothering you, what does it cause for you? How do you handle the heat, like what steps do you take to combat the heat difficulties? What bothers you more, heat or humidity or is it just a horrible combination?
Thank you for visiting my site today. I do always appreciate your great thoughts and constant support. I hope you are enjoying the long weekend and you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love , comfort, and many positive vibes!