Friday, June 3, 2011

With "La Nina" around, it might be even more of a scorcher !

One of the few people who looks forward to Laredo Summers is ol' Heatwave!

Our fair Gateway City has always been notorious for hot, hot summers. Even when I was in elementary school, we would read about Laredo, Texas in our Weekly Reader. It, along with Presidio was always among the hottest towns in the country. Well, Laredo is somewhat bigger now and it's probably hotter too. With all the concrete of urban sprawl, there is less green spaces to cool off the area.  With this in mind, here's some tips that may come in very handy.

From ABC news

12 Tips for Staying Cool This Summer
Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.

Pay attention to your hydration status, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Many public places such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres are air conditioned.

Avoid hot enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children unattended in a car parked in the sun.

Use a fan, if available.

Stay on the lowest floor of your building.

Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.

Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.

Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool air inside your home.

Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcoholic drinks can impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.

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