First Day of Summer!Published: June 21, 2010
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Though it seems summer has been here for a few weeks, it officially arrives today. What will the first day of summer feel like? Hot, of course, triple digit hot. Forecasters are predicting a high of 101 degrees, and 101 degrees for Tuesday.
The first day of summer is the longest day of the year. If you need to be outside, you'll want to find plenty of shade and stay hydrated.
Tips for staying cool:
1. Dress appropriately - wear loose fitting clothes (light cotton) and no socks or shoes (if possible). Here in Texas, socks are very seasonal. I can't imagine wearing them during the summer months!
2. Take a shower - taking a shower will give you immediate relief from a hot and humid day. The after-shower cooling sensation can last for about an hour.
3. While out running errands, opt to park in the shade (if you can), even if it means walking a few more steps. I'm often amazed at what people will go through to find a parking spot close to the store. In the winter, yes. During the summer, shade is a valuable commodity!
4. Run your AC on medium to low along with ceiling fans. Running a ceiling fan can help conserve electricity.
5. Drink, drink and drink some more! Cold water from a refrigerator filter is satisfying and less expensive than bottled water. Mix a little fruit juice and ice in with your water. Cold beverages help cool the body from within.
6. Eat salads, sandwiches and cool foods. Ever notice how fruit can be the most refreshing dessert on a hot day? Okay, ice cream is pretty good too.
7. Can you psyche yourself into staying cool? It is really mind over matter - If you think hot, you'll feel hot. Humans have dealt with hot weather for thousands of years (even before AC), so try to focus on the fact that the sun is shining and it's not a cold frigid winter day!
And remember, do not leave your pets in the car during these hot summer days. If your schedule involves leaving them in the car for even "just a few minutes," they will not enjoy the experience, and heat that quickly accumulates in a car can be dangerous. Sure they look at you with eager eyes and wagging tail - They want to go for a ride! However, it's important to remember they will be better off in the comfort of an air-conditioned home.
Stay cool Rockwall! And have a safe and happy summer!Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 Sharon Lewis in Living,Health,Featured Articles,Communities,Regional / Texas