The weather around Rock Hill seems a little too warm to be thinking about picnic trips. Even with a cooler full of ice-cold Coca-Cola products, sweltering is sweltering. Instead of finding a new picnic spot, let’s look at some ways to beat the summer heat as we slide into the dog days.
Use Air Conditioning
If at all possible, stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces during the hottest parts of the day, especially during the midday hours when the sun is at its peak. The summer heat will continue to build outside through the late afternoon.
If you don’t have access to air conditioning, use fans to circulate air and create a cooling breeze indoors. Save electricity by turning off fans when no one is in the room. Since the cooling effect comes from air moving across the skin, there’s no need to circulate air in an empty room.
Close Curtains and Blinds
Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to block out the sun’s heat and keep indoor spaces cooler.
When you must be outdoors rather than a cooled room, look for shaded areas to take breaks and protect yourself from direct sunlight. This can significantly reduce the heat you experience.
Wear Light Clothing
Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to help your body regulate its temperature better. Avoid cotton as it will soak up the sweat rather than wicking it away and evaporating it.
Take Cool Showers
Cool showers can provide instant relief from the heat, especially after spending time outdoors. You might want to gradually bring the water temperature down rather than jumping straight into a cold spray, which can be shocking.
Early Morning and Late Evening Activities
Plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening, when the temperature is lower.
Limit Outdoor Exercise
If you want to exercise outdoors, do it during the cooler times of the day, and take frequent breaks to avoid overheating.
Use Cooling Products
Consider using cooling towels, misting fans, or cooling vests to help you stay comfortable when you’re outside.
Opt for light and refreshing meals that don’t require cooking, as using stoves and ovens can add extra heat to your home. You don’t want to add to the summer heat by running an oven all day. Think bright salads or ice cream.
Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat advisories to stay informed about extreme heat conditions and take necessary precautions.