Don’t underestimate the sun

Published 7:43 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The latest advisories put out by the National Weather Service in Wakefield reminded us to remind you not to play fast and loose with the sun, especially this week. Daytime temperatures are anticipated to range in the mid- to upper 90s. Then there’s the whole “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” mantra that everyone recites.

For our part, we can only advise that you stay sheltered from both elements as much as possible until the spell breaks, perhaps sometimes next week. But don’t hold us to that. We don’t forecast the weather, we just report it.

Inside or out, stay hydrated and wear light-weight and loose-fitting clothes. Put on your sunblock and don’t forget sunglasses and hats.

Naturally, keep on eye on neighbors and relatives who are elderly, live along or have disabilities. The ability to stay cooler becomes harder as one ages.

If you are one of those people who thinks it’s OK to leave their child or pet in a car for “just a few minutes,” please don’t. Not even for a minute.

Say a prayer for all the men and women who must work outdoors. They should make a point to take frequent breaks to rehydrate and cool down.

If you’re going to be outside for any length of time, be alert if you start feeling dizzy or light-headed or headachy. This could be an onset to heat exhaustion. Neglecting your body’s signals could lead to heat stroke, which is evident by dry, hot and red skin, rapid heartbeat, fainting, cramping or nausea.