Summer Heat is Coming. Are You Prepared?


h3>Summer Heat is Coming. Are You Prepared?

Summer doesn't officially begin until June 21, 6:28 am CDT, but the summer heat has already affected much of Kansas recently .

Temperatures have warmed well into the 90s over much of the area, and these temperatures will likely again occur Saturday.


Now is the time to get yourself ready for the upcoming summer season.

Here are some tips to have a safe and enjoyable summer:

Heat Safety Tips

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. Wearing a hat is also a good idea, or use an umbrella.
  • Drink plenty of water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods.

  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity as much as possible. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day.

  • Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
  • Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.

Keep up to date with the National Weather Service forecasts by clicking here. Once you click on that link, just scroll down to Additional Forecasts and Information and select Hourly Weather Graph which will provide a hourly forecast of heat indices.  Click here to see an example of this information.

More information on heat safety, including the signs for heat-related illnesses and the heat index can be found by clicking here.

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