The Thermal Vortex? How to Survive What Could be The Hottest Summer on Record
The Thermal Vortex, the rumored climatic compensatory effect after this year’s especially cold winter, could mean a long summer of record-breaking heat for those affected by the recent Polar Vortex. With this extreme heat wave looming over the summer months, it is important for residents of susceptible regions to prepare themselves for several weeks of sweltering temperatures.
This summer could be a little more difficult to survive than those previous. While children and the elderly are the groups most prone to heat-related health issues, almost anyone can find themselves overheated and dehydrated during prolonged exposure to these temperatures. Here are a few tips which will not only make this next summer safe, but as comfortable as possible.
1. Keep Ice Water On Hand
Not only is adequate hydration absolutely vital during the potentially infernal summer months to come, it is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy at any time. Ice water is one of the best ways to remain comfortable and cool, immediately lowering the drinker’s core temperature. For anyone engaging in physical or outdoor activity, water intake should increase significantly during the summer. One way to ensure that you always have drinkable ice water is to keep several water bottles, half full, in your freezer. Laying these water bottles on their sides will cause the water to freeze lengthwise in the bottle, leaving room for you to fill the other half with water when you’re ready to use it.
2. Be Mindful of Pets
Not only do pets have to deal with full coats of fur in the heat, they cannot express their comfort levels or feelings of health. Animals should be kept out of direct sunlight and have constant access to water. Signs an animal may be in danger of overheating include rapid panting, excessive drooling, vomiting, fatigue, and whining.
3. Keep Your Home Heat-Friendly
Your home should be kept as cool as possible during the summer, to ensure both your comfort and safety. There should be plenty of ventilation when the temperatures do drop, along with great insulation all other times. Before the season begins, homeowners should retest their air conditioning system and speak to a local provider if they do not currently have climate control. Scott Crowley, an Austin AC installation specialist with Covenant AC, recommends that you open your windows when the outside cools at night and close them at sunrise. This is a great way to get cool air through your home without having to run the air conditioner all night.
4. Turn Electronics Off
Over a short period of time even smaller electronics can give off huge amounts of heat. With just a handful of common devices, like laptops and TVs, the temperature in a room could rise by a few degrees. Whenever they are not in use, all electronics should be fully powered off. This includes limiting the use of high-energy, heat-producing appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.
5. Understanding Warning Signs
The final, and perhaps most important, step to surviving extreme temperatures is to understand exactly what happens to the body when it begins to overheat. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk, but anyone can suffer a heat stroke during the summer. Warnings signs of heat stroke include nausea, cramps, a lack of appetite, vomiting, and dizziness.
No matter where you live, it is important to take the appropriate steps to ensure your comfort and health during this coming summer. For those who could be affected by the possibly devastating heat wave, it is especially important to take every measure to keep yourself and your family safe this summer.