May 22, 2019

Here Comes the Sun! Heat Wave Heralds Arrival of Summer, Read These Tips to Stay Cool

White Sand Beach in Old Lyme attracted quite a number of visitors, but many preferred to stay inside in the cool of their air-conditioning. Photos by Katie Reid.

A heat wave has swept over the northeast and down the east coast of the United States, with temperatures rising to over 95 degrees in Old Lyme. Summertime visitors and permanent residents alike have flocked to the beaches, all seeking opportunities for a refreshing swim and refuge from the beating sun.

The humidity is expected to break sometime over the weekend, but for now, say hello to the hot summer weather!

Some locals and folk from farther afield chose to try and cool off on White Sand Beach in Old Lyme, but others opted not to venture outside and brave the heat.

The Old Lyme Office of Emergency Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) offer the following tips during extreme high temperatures:

Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages — they can dehydrate your body.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air-conditioned libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

  • Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

For more information, visit this link.


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