OUR VIEW: Tips for staying cool in the scorching heat

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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You may have noticed that we’re in the middle of a heat wave. (And yes, we can hear some of you laughing. What heat wave? This is just Georgia during the spring and summer. Fair enough.)

Temperatures will be in the 90s the rest of the week and will near 100 by next Monday and Tuesday. When temps get that hot, it’s very dangerous.

If you have to be outside during temperatures such as these, please drink plenty of water.

If possible, do any outside work you need when you’re not in the heat of the day, meaning in the morning or in the evening.

Keep an eye on small children and the elderly, who are more impacted by the heat.

If you don’t have air conditioning at your home, you’ve got to find a way to cool down. That means going to the mall, the library — somewhere the public is allowed for a break from the hot temperatures.

In fact, if you look at the extended weather forecast for the last two weeks, there isn’t currently a single day where we get out of the 90s.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a dangerous heat advisory, with heat indexes in the triple digits for much of the state.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include a headache, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite and feeling sick, excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin, fast breathing or pulse, craps in the arms, legs and stomach and being very thirsty.

Be aware of that and know that the sun can take a lot of out of you in a very short timeframe.

If you have to be outdoors, make sure you’re taking in plenty of water and pay attention to how you’re feeling.

These temperatures can be dangerous, so be careful out there.