No one has to be reminded that temperatures in Arizona are rising and our armpits are…well… a little more moist than they were a couple of months ago.
Although temperatures in Tucson are hovering around high 80s and low 90s, the evening quickly cool down for a night stroll under the city lights. Phoenicians can hardly say the same with temperatures as high as 100 degrees with the nights only bringing in a slight breeze.
Spring? Spring? Spring where did you go?! Indeed Spring seemed short lived and as May comes sizzling up, we thought we would supply you with more than just sunscreen!
We will start with the obvious…
WATER, WATER, WATER!
What a privilege it is to be able to have access to clean drinking water…so drink up! Especially those new to the desert. On average you should be drinking about eight glasses of water a day….
If you’re not already, eight glasses of water may be the minimum during the summers in Arizona stretching from the month of May through August (if we are lucky!). Temperatures range between 101-115 and sometimes even higher.
If you are someone who finds themselves commuting in the heat whether you are a student on campus, a construction works, landscaper, lifeguard, etc. it is imperative to your health that you stay hydrated to avoid a headache at best or a severe heat related illness at worst.
For more information on heated related illnesses, click here!
Sunscreen, Hats and the Derm
This may seem like an obvious tip as well but about a decade ago there wasn’t as much information on the importance of sunscreen and the consequences of not wearing it regardless of the shade of your skin.
Remember to apply sunscreen daily to your face, neck, ears, hands and other external body parts. Some of you especially sensitive to the skin are in long sleeves and pants to avoid any type of sun exposure.
If out in the sun for long period of time, a large brim hat or one that shades your entire face is essential. Direct sunlight to your scalp can cause a painful sunburn and can speed up the process of a heat related illness.
Also, make sure to visit your dermatologist if you suspect new spots forming on your skin. It is important to eliminate the possibility of skin cancer!
Umbrella Ella Ella Ella!
If you are not a fan of the hat due to the inevitable (and un-fashionable hat hair), then be sure to bring an umbrella for those long walks under the sun.
Be sure it is a light colored umbrella so as not to attract any more warmth to your already sweltering body. Umbrella’s serve to cover the entire body but are not a substitute for sunscreen!
OOOUCH! Beware of Hot Surfaces
As temperature rise, especially in confined and enclosed areas, unsuspecting surfaces can become dangerously hot, hot HOT!
Be sure to put up your windshield shade in the car and to keep the windows cracked. The temperature in your car can easily exceed the temperature outside by 20 degrees. Beware of hot seat belt buckles, leather seats and steering wheels.
In public, beware of exposed railings, door handles, benches and other metal surfaces exposed to the sun’s scorching rays.
Your Car, Your House and Your Neighbors
Keep an eye out for things that do NOT below in a car once it has been turned off and in the sun – aka animals, children and anything flammable!
The same goes for houses that have windows and doors open. Although your neighbor may not have an AC working or running, it is crucial that there is some sort of air circulation in the house to let out the heat building up.
It’s reasonably safe to assume that we won’t completely melt away this summer but keep these safety tips in mind may save us a headache, a new unknown freckle and one less burn to go around!