Monday, June 07, 2010

Scorching Temps!

Yesterday, Vegas hit 110 degrees.  A record.  Today we are set to hit 108 degrees as our high.  Yes, it is hot!

During these hot times it is important to keep a few things in mind.

1.  Don't forget to drink water.  Dehydration can make you sick. So, keep hydrated by drinking water or sports drinks (watch the sugar levels).   It is easy to forget and find yourself feeling nauseous or get a headache.  The heat can also fatigue you.  So, keep a water bottle with you at all times.

2.  It is a Dry Heat
Hot is hot.  Once the temps go up into the 100's it feels like you are in an oven.  Respect the heat and don't over do it when you are outside.  Stay in the shade (if you have to be outside) and keep your activity level to a minimum.  Inside, minimize the heat by running fans and keep your window coverings closed during the day. 

3.  Pets and Kids
Pets and children suffer in the heat.  Make sure their feet and paws are covered before they step on hot concrete or rock.  Have plenty of cool water available.  Watch for heat exhaustion.  Make sure your kids have plenty of sun screen on and keep re-applying. 

4.  Your Car
Keep your car in the garage to keep it cool.  When not in the garage park under a tree (yeah, I know, difficult in Vegas!).  A sun shade can help keep your car interior from becoming a scorching nightmare (but, it will still be hot).  If you have leather or vinyl seats it might be a good idea to put a towel down on the seat to avoid burning yourself.  It is also a good idea to have your cooling system checked.

5. Your Summer Garden
Increase your watering days and times.  Some plants may need additional hand watering.  Even plants that are for sunny areas will not stand up to our extreme summer heat.  Get used to losing a few plants during this season.  It is a constant experiment in Vegas trying to find the perfect plant that will withstand our summer temps. 

In Vegas we are accustomed to the heat.  Use your common sense and you will make it through these next few months of summer. 

Keep cool!


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