Health - Wellness
How To Stay Cool As Heat Waves Make Way Across The US
According to ABC News, record-breaking temperatures have impacted roughly a third of Americans as of 2022. This extreme heat is due to a "heat dome," which occurs when intense, high pressure in the atmosphere combines with warm Pacific Ocean temperatures, and winds moving the hot air trap the heat at the earth's surface.
The most obvious move to protect yourself from extreme heat is to remain indoors and turn on the AC, or head to a cooling center if AC is unavailable. If staying inside all day is not an option, avoid going out into the sun during the hottest parts of the day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear lightweight clothing to minimize the impact of heat.
Extreme heat can even lead to dizziness, nausea, and fainting. Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, says to find shade or get indoors as quickly as possible if you feel sick. Stay hydrated with water or sports drinks containing electrolytes, and avoid consuming caffeine, alcohol, and sugar that can lead to dehydration.