The past few weeks were unseasonably hot in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Here are some tips for keeping cool.
- Pack lots of water when you are on errands or walking. Keep a refillable bottle with you and keep an eye out for drinking fountains.
- Stay in the shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m when temperatures are highest. Early morning and late afternoon exercise and outings are recommended to avoid peak temperatures.
- Keep hydrated. Since the body is sweating more, dehydration can occur. We are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke when temperatures rise. Drink cool water throughout the day to help bring body temperatures down.
- Wear loose clothing and stick to cotton and cotton blends. Lightweight fabrics are best. Avoid dark colors that can attract the sun. Opt for colors that are more likely to reflect the sun's radiation such as whites and creams.
5. Limit from salty foods, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they can contribute to dehydration. While ice cream and popsicles are tempting, fruit such as cucumbers and watermelon are hydrating and cooling.