Heat Tips And Sea Nettles

June 26th, 2013 at 8:46 am by under Weather

I wanted to do a little different blog today.  For once I’m gonna get away from the forecasting and talk about some weather impacts.  Today the big story is the heat and humidity.  High temperatures were in the low 90s yesterday.  They will be in the low/mid 90s today.  The heat index is expected to rise into the upper 90s to around 100 in many cities.  So because of this you need to be careful.  Heat is actually the number one killer in terms of weather in the U.S.  A lot of people take the heat for granted, and that is what gets to them.  Here are some tips to beat the heat.

1.  Drink plenty of water.  You body sweats more in high heat, and so it needs to stay hydrated.  Avoid alcohol on the hotter days.

2.  Take breaks if you work outside.  I’ve done plenty of work outdoors in my years.  The roughest time I had was hauling scaffolding down on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  It was in the middle of Summer.  We drank water as often as possible, but we also had to take breaks.

3.  Keep an eye on the young and the elderly.  Their bodies  will not be able to handle the heat as well as teenagers and young adults.

4.  Coaches and camp counselors need to limit outdoor activity.  Keep the kids/players hydrated and let them take breaks often.

5.  Do your outdoor work and chores early if you can.

6.  Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing.  You would be surprised as to how much this helps.  Remember white clothes reflect a lot of the sunshine.  Dark clothes absorb most of the light and turn it directly into heat.

7.  Give your pets plenty of shade and cool water if they are outside. Or better yet…bring them into the A.C. if you can.

8.  Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.  Even with outdoor temperatures in the upper 80s, interiors of vehicles can still reach into the 100′s.  While this may seem like common sense, sometimes people get distracted to the point where they can make this deadly mistake.

9. Close curtains in your home to reduce or stop the amount of sunlight coming into the house.  Also turn off lights that are not in use as they emit heat and work against your air conditioner.

These are just a few tips: There’s more info on this and about heat illnesses on this site from NOAA. NOAA heat safety.

Speaking of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).  They put out a forecast for sea nettles (a type of jellyfish) during the year.  Here is the link to look at that forecast: Sea Nettle Forecast

Looks like they are mostly hanging out in the rivers for now.  Not so much in the bay.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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