SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The coldest-ever summer in San Diego of just last year will be a distant memory this holiday weekend, as heat and humidity really rev up in San Diego county.
It's the first major heatwave of this summer, and it looks to be prolonged - maybe a week or more - so as you make your plans for this weekend and beyond, you may want to remember some of the hot weather recommendations. You don't want to be out in the heat and humidity too late before symptoms of heatstroke start.
This weather may be something of a hassle for most San Diegans, but people who will be outdoors for a lengthy period, like campers and hikers, may find this weather to be fatal if they're not fully prepared for it.
1. Avoid strenuous activity if you can while the sun is out. If you go for a run during the day, maybe the treadmill at an air-conditioned gym is an option. Weekend projects like painting or anything more active than gardening can wait until sunset - or next week (I know some may love hearing that, but putting it off until its cooler outside really is important).
2. Drink lots of non-alcoholic liquids. Water is always great! Something to replace electrolytes is also helpful. And avoid caffeine if you can.
3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. This can be difficult on the 4th of July, especially when the BBQ is working full time. But your body metabolizes food more slowly in the hot, humid weather - so you'll be better off and FEEL better if you can eat more frequently and in smaller amounts.
4. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Anything too dark absorbs the sun's shortwave radiation (read: heat) and there isn't expected to be much of a breeze the next few days. . .so loose-fitting will be considerably more comfortable.
5. Sunscreen and hats! We're less than two weeks off the summer solstice, when the sun's angles are the most direct of the year. So you'll get a sunburn quickly, and you'll want to wear - and reapply - sunscreen all weekend. Hats to shield your face and scalp will also be an excellent idea - and should be the norm rather than the exception.
6. Try to get some air-conditioning, even if just for a few hours each day. If you don't have AC at home, go see a movie - or to an indoor mall. Many communities have "cool shelters" for people who really need to get to the AC for awhile... and your community may have such a place.
7. Listen to your body. Your body will tell you when it's time to relax inside with a cool ice tea, but this is not the time to press yourself into doing more than you should. In this heat and humidity, that will likely mean doing less than you normally would. Take extra precautions - this hot weather should come to and end in about a week... "so they say."