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Sizzling summer sun: how to stay safe in the intense heat headed our way


You survived the first round of intense heat over the weekend, but the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team is tracking another round of even hotter conditions for later this week, and they have some tips and tricks to help you stay cool if you’re headed outdoors this week. 

Obviously, we can’t put our lives on hold when Mother Nature decides to give us nasty weather, but we can do some things to help protect ourselves from the scorching days ahead. 

The best thing you can do is drink water to help replenish the liquid you lose when you sweat. The CDC suggests drinking one cup of water every 15-20 minutes on a hot day to help your body function in the heat. 

Wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing can also help keep your body cool on a summer’s day as the brighter color allows the light to reflect away from your body. Darker colors absorb more light which aids in warming your body. The looser the clothing is, the more airflow is allowed to reach your skin. That air will help to evaporate the sweat off your skin and cool you down. 

It’s also a great idea to try and limit the amount of time you spend in the direct sunlight. If you can get your outdoor tasks completed early or late in the day, it’s best to avoid the heat of the day when the sun is shining directly overhead. 

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Maddie Est

Maddie Est appears on ABC 17’s weekend evening broadcasts. She grew up in St. Louis, and her passion for weather originated from a young age thanks to all the different weather that St. Louis receives. She is currently studying Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri.


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