How to Beat the Heat: Ways to Keep Cool in the Heat

Beat The Heat

It’s hot out there! Extremely hot weather is hitting much of the country this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Temps are expected to soar across the Central and Eastern United States.

According to the NWS, the heat wave is covering the Central Plains from Eastern Colorado into Kansas, and extending up to the Great Lakes. By Saturday it will cover much of the East Coast from Virginia up through New York City, where temperatures are expected to reach or be close to 100 degrees.

More than 170 million people have been under heat alerts, stretching from New Mexico to New Hampshire, covering nearly 2,000 miles, according to NBC News.

So, now the key question becomes: How do you beat the heat??

Try these common-sense tips, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medicinenet.com:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can. If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool.
  • Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
  • Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you’re ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Look for “cooling stations” in your local area.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.

Other things to consider during extreme weather conditions:

  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

What do you do to stay cool? Let us know by posting a comment!

Remember: If you go to a shopping mall or restaurant and purchase something, use the NCPMobile App or your scanner to let us know about it.

Have a nice weekend, and stay cool!

Best Regards,
Taylor

11 thoughts on “Beat The Heat”

  1. Hello my name is Menessa. It has been very hot for me as well. I live at Fayetteville,N.C. We had some bad storms and strong heavy winds and rain.

    1. What part of Fayetteville. I live here too, but it hits part of Fayetteville and miss the rest. The last rain was after the 4th of July. Heat index also very high. Last week it did get to 113, this past couple days 107 or below.

      1. Hi. My name is Janice and I’ve lived in Philadelphia Pa. all my life. I can’t recall the last we’ve time Philly was this hot and humid. It has really been awful. Thank God most of the people I know have air conditioning.

  2. Thank for the hot weather cooling reminders for way to cool off.
    I’m constantly telling my girls (Miniature Schnauzers) that they can not go with me on hot days because they’d be left in a hot car and I love them too much to do that.
    All my salt and pepper colored one does is go grab her stuffed animal, and shakes it so hard, drop it and bark at me because they can’t go!
    I think it’s so funny but I’d rather she did that I take them with me and have them perish from being in an extremely hot vehicle.

  3. I live in the panhandle of Florida and it had been 102° with a feels like temp of about 120° and I work outside so the best thing to do for this extreme heat is to keep hydrated and work a bit slower and hit the shade as often as possible!

  4. my name is Elizabeth I live in Wisconsin on Saturday the 20th We had a really bad storm it took down a lot of trees, power lines some people didn’t have power for a long time and Electric
    But We been getting different weather sense 99 to the 60s i live in a apt so i have the air Condition so far all the time

  5. I drink a lot of water. I do try to stay indoors as much as possible. If I have to be outside, I carry a few water bottles per family member.

  6. My favorite way to beat the heat this year is to stay in my air conditioned house and eat Salted caramel ice cream from Frys!!! In the Summer we have outside temperatures in the 110°+, so A/C and ice cream are a must!

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