Although it sounds like the name of a baseball team or a brand of pepper sauce, the Southern Heat I'm referring to is dangerous.
My brother Rob refers to it as 'Ugly Hot" and he should know. He and his staff work in an un-air conditioned warehouse and on days that meet or exceed 100 many elect to arrive earlier than their regular 7am start time to get their work done for the day and get out of there.
The truth is summers this hot are not fit for man, or vegetable, or beast. The lawns are burned up and the gardens are wilted. Even watering daily, my sweet little victory garden is a sad sight. Not only does it not like the heat, but it also rebels against "city water." What we need is rain and lots of it. I can't remember the last day it rained. It's time for a rain dance!
Keep in mind that heat this high can cause Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Be Cautious! And be careful to provide your pets with plenty of water and shade. Some breeds are more susceptible than others, but with temps in the 100s every person and animal is at risk.
Stay hydrated. Avoid Alcohol which only makes the situation worse.
Stay in cool, air-conditioned vehicles and buildings when possible.
Rest in the shade.
Do your outdoor activities in the early morning or early evening.
If you suspect you or someone you know is having heat related difficulties, cool down with water sprays or compresses, drink water, and look for these symptoms:
- Temperature over 100°F
- Low blood pressure
- Fast pulse
- Moist skin, sweating
- Muscle cramps and tenderness
- Nausea, vomiting
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Temperature over 105° F
- Weakness, dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Confusion, delirium, unconsciousness (can progress to coma)
- No sweating
- Pale, dry skin
- Fast breathing, fast irregular pulse, low blood pressure
Don't be afraid to call 911 if you or the person you are assisting doesn't recover quickly. Heat related illnesses are dangerous and must be taken seriously.