Staying Cool During A Florida Summer

Summer Heat in FloridaLiving in South Florida is great, but the heat of the sunshine state can make it difficult to enjoy the outdoors, especially around the summer time.

While Florida is known for its hurricane season, it can have equally harsh periods of hot, rainless days. Illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion can occur from getting too much heat and sunlight at once.

Dress in Light Colors

Dark colors absorb heat, and light colors reflect them. This is true for just about everything, including clothes. Dressing in light colored clothing that reflects the sun is a great way to avoid the heat without really don’t anything. Naturally, if you’re out in the sun, this extends from everything to beach umbrellas to beach chairs.

Stay in the Shade and Use Sunscreen

A lot of northerners might not know the pain of getting sunburned. Taking enough sunlight can result in painful burns and blisters that result in the skin peeling off. Recent skin cancer research has found that direct sunlight is usually not healthy due to the effects of UV rays. Use UV ray protecting sunscreen and lotion. Also be sure to stay in the shade if you are outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Some stores also sell battery-operated fans with sprays that can reduce body temperature during prolonged periods of heat if there’s no shade available. When selecting a place to put chairs down at a beach, it’s a good idea to select an area that is near some shade, such as a palm tree.

Drink More H20

Well, this should be common sense, but the best relief from heat in any state is to drink more water. Cold water doesn’t just hydrate, it effects the entire temperature of the body. Drinking cold water during a hot day is a great way to get some much needed relief from the blistering heat. It’s also a good idea to stay away from alcoholic beverages, as these dehydrate you. It’s also a good idea not to drink coffee in the heat, not just because it’s hot, but because it can also have a dehydrating effect as a diuretic.