Summer is in full swing and that means it’s all about BBQ’s, the pool, the beach, outdoor activities, and much more although there are downsides.
Let’s face it, unless you live near the Arctic Circle or the U.K., it’s going to get hot eventually, even dangerously hot. Down below are some tips to cool you down while not keeping you locked out of the fun in the sun.
1. Drink Liquids
It’s cliche but drinking water is a must, especially if outdoors in the heat or during vigorous activity out in the blazing sun. Eight glasses a day is the recommended amount, but just stay to stay hydrated as much as possible when outdoors in the blistering heat.
2. Wet Towels
Have you ever tried wetting a towel and placing it against your head? It can cool you off and help you combat the dangerous heat. Some of the most vital areas affected by extreme temperatures include the head, so if you keep your head cool your body will respond.
3. No Fans
A fan blows air toward you, which may make it feel somewhat cool, but it’s a trap. A fan causes an increase in energy, which causes an increase in heat and using a fan when it’s hot around you will only cause it to blow hot air and not cool your body off. It’s A/C or bust unless the fan blows out both air and mist, which would theoretically cool you off.
4. Bright, Light Clothing
This is another very common tip, but many people somehow ignore it. When it’s very hot outside and the Heat Index soars about 90, it’s best to wear very light clothing (t-shirt, shorts) and bright colors such as white, yellow, powder blue, lime, light pink, or a very light variation of a normally darker color. Dark colors attract sun and heat while lighter colors reflect it.
Just remember in winter how the snow and ice is able to reflect the sun’s rays and keep it colder while the dark tar concrete and buildings in say New York City attract more heat and keep it warmer. (See: Urban Heat Island)
5. Minimize Congestion
In winter people sometimes use each other’s body heat to keep warm. Well in the summer that just makes things even hotter. If you can avoid large crowds during a heat wave or avoid going somewhere where there will be a bunch of people, then do it.
A bunch of people equals more heat is generated and then add in the carbon dioxide expelled when people breath and talk, and you have a ton of heat that’s being added on to the already staggering conditions.
This doesn’t mean you have to be a loner or some hobbit, but if you want to avoid more heat, then this is a good tip to follow.
6. Minimize Talking
This tip is on par with the last. Less talking equals less heat being released. I remember this one when my teachers used to tell the class to stop talking when it got really hot to avoid getting even hotter. I thought it was a bunch of crock until I found out it’s actually true.
7. Go up to the mountains or head way Down South (Southern Hemisphere)
If you can travel, then this is great advice to skip the heat. Find a mountain trail and take a hike where it’s bound to be a lot cooler at the summit than the surface.
Or you can head south of the equator into the southern hemisphere to say Australia where it would be winter for them. It may be a long trip and a lot of money, but if you can afford it and are looking for an interesting vacation spot, then why not head there.
Ultimately the best way to avoid the heat is to stay indoors where A/C is readily available, however that puts a huge cap on any fun activities for the summer. One can’t stay inside the entire season just to avoid the heat, so get out there and do your best to keep cool.