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How are you dealing with the intense heat?

  1. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A heat wave baking the central and southern United States was blamed on Wednesday for at least 22 deaths this week as forecasters warned that the abnormally hot weather could last into August as it moves east.
    The National Weather Service said 141 million people in more than two dozen states were under a heat advisory or warning because of the soaring temperatures, the most recent in a series of heat waves that have scorched the country's midsection off and on since late May.
    http://news.yahoo.com/prolonged-heat-wa … 25653.html

    what are you doing to deal with this heatwave?
    the heatwave is so intense this year..no relief after the sun sets...and it's still too hot to cut the grass after 7pm

    1. cindi h profile image60
      cindi hposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately my husband and I have been working in this terrible heat. Delivering packages via Fed-ex. We try to stay hydrated by drinking our body weight in water ha ha. We have to keep moving but when it gets too overwhelming, we take refuge in the local business' air conditioned stores. For me it's especially difficult as I get severe headaches from the heat that can not be extinguished with aspirin!!  I also have a history of dehydration which requires a hospital visit, so I have to be extra vigilant.

    2. theherbivorehippi profile image83
      theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ya'll still have grass there that needs cutting? I haven't seen many lawns that aren't dead. smile It's 103 here today....I'm over it. This is the first day in forever the dogs had to miss their morning walk and I missed my run. I'm angry and irritated from being cooped up. It was suppose to rain today...now it's pushed back to Saturday. sad

    3. Mikeydoes profile image81
      Mikeydoesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I jackhammered/moved concrete outside 3 days ago, same thing 2 days ago, yesterday I golfed 5-6 hours. Today I'll be digging (hopefully for a half day only), the a double header for softball. Tomorrow is supposed to be a softball tourney too, so it should be fun! Yes, I am from Chicago.

      How I deal with it.. Lots and lots of cold water.

      Beats the hell out of the cold(IMO).

  2. kmackey32 profile image82
    kmackey32posted 5 years ago

    Its Hot in the north too....

  3. timorous profile image92
    timorousposted 5 years ago

    ...and even further north, here in Canada.  So much for the old myth about it being cold and snowy, and everyone living in igloos. lol

    1. kmackey32 profile image82
      kmackey32posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You dont live in Igloos???????? OMG

      1. kmackey32 profile image82
        kmackey32posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        lol

    2. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      ....not so on the west....it's cool... maybe i should leave my igloo and head to another province....'bummer summer'

  4. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 5 years ago

    WE have had the extreme heat and no rain since Memorial day. NO exaggeration. It's rained 3 times.  Most of those days are 100 degrees.  It's been a dry heat for the first time I can ever remember. WE're used to humidity....not this dryness and wind. 

    I have ceiling fans on constantly.  All the drapes are pulled, windows covered.  I try to stay indoors during the heat of the day. The livestock is watered regularly.  The pond has nearly dried up. I already bought the hay necessary to get my horse thru the winter...the hay is in such short abundance that the landowner told me I had to come get it as it hit the ground. It's all being snatched up fast. 

    Drinking plenty of fluids, etc. That's all you can do.

  5. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    Two air conditioners and four fans circulating the cold air through out the apartment. wink

    Mid 90's yesterday and upper 90's is the estimate for today, and tomorrow, and Saturday. hmm

  6. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 5 years ago

    Sorry to hear that you are all so hot and uncomfortable. It is pouring with rain and very chilly here - good old British summer!

    It would be great if we could all have something in the middle = warm, sunny and overnight rain to keep it green and fresh! smile

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
      Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, when I read "extreme heat" I thought - fair enough I have taken my overcoat off, but I wouldn't call it extreme.  Clement possibly, although not taken to sleeping outdoors in the nude yet.  Or ever if I am honest.

      1. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I knew that there had to be a good reason for the British weather -it's to make sure that Ewbie doesn't sleep nude outside! smile

  7. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    It's 42C here with the humidity. I don't have air conditioning and I'm sitting under a ceiling fan.

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image86
      Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have a fan going behind me. The dogs are locked in the Bedroom where there is an air conditioner.

  8. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    Here in southern Idaho we leave the doors and windows open until about noon.  The AC comes on around 2PM and runs on and off until around 8, when we again open the doors.  It gets all the way to around 85F in the middle of the afternoon.

    It's been a very cool spring and (so far) summer.  I feel for you guys in the heat.  We're normally pushing 100 this time of year, but it's been really nice.

  9. Trish_M profile image87
    Trish_Mposted 5 years ago

    Hi smile

    It's July! This is our Summer!
    I'm trying to deal with the intense cold!
    Well, not intense, I suppose ~ but pretty intense for July!!!

  10. recommend1 profile image70
    recommend1posted 5 years ago

    Here in hot and muggy Guilin in China we are about to head more south toward the equator !!   bring it on big_smile

  11. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    well we finally got some relief a few hours ago with a refreshing thunderstorm! the temps dropped twenty degrees and we opened the windows..
    it will probably heat up again tomorrow but its so nice to savor the moments..wink

  12. Just Ask Susan profile image86
    Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago

    If it gets any hotter here in Ontario I think I just might melt. With the humidity it is currently 47C or 116F. I hope there is some cooler weather on the way. Think I will go jump in the lake tonight to try and cool off.

  13. saddlerider1 profile image59
    saddlerider1posted 5 years ago

    Our hot and humid weather just left and headed to Ontario and YES my friend Susan are now feeling what we felt on the Western Canadian Prairies, 4 awful days of Heat and humidity. I was walking around sweating, all our fans going at once, two window a/c and watching our cat try to stay cool by laying on her back on our hard wood floors for some cool relief. Thank goodness it's cooled down nicely, beautiful cool breezes blowing through the house now, so refreshing at last..

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image86
      Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ken, so glad that there may be some relief soon. I have had my two dogs locked in the bedroom (only place that we have A/C) They bark when they want to come out and then they bark when they want to go back in. Too hot for them in the rest of the house. Cool breezes sound so nice. Heck even a snow storm sounds good to me right now. smile

  14. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    I spent most of today sleeping, drinking water with a damp facecloth around my neck. Made it through the worst smile

  15. Gordon Hamilton profile image96
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago

    Not quite at the stage here of seeing a brass monkey crying his eyes out but it is very cold. Midsummer here too but had to put Winter jacket on to walk up to local shop earlier, against the howling wind and rain. Two years I've been back in Scotland and one day that I can remember without rain or snow. I remember the beautiful summers we used to have when I was a child.

    Global cooling is definitely in full effect, at least in this part of the world! sad

  16. starme77 profile image87
    starme77posted 5 years ago

    wow its like an indian summer where I am  it is currently raining  wore shorts like three or four times  went camping and froze my butt off lol smile sorry for everyone that is tooo hot wish I could see sum sonshine smile wink

  17. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 5 years ago

    What heat wave? 

    The Pacific Northwest has been having one of the coolest summer  seasons on record.  We've only had a handful of days that have gotten into the upper 70s so far this summer.  We're supposed to just hit 78F this weekend.  I'm still sleeping with a light quilt and flannel sheets on the bed.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I noticed that...Seattle is looking awfully good about now.

    2. Just Ask Susan profile image86
      Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Oh how I wish I had stayed in Seattle especially right now.

  18. kerryg profile image86
    kerrygposted 5 years ago

    We've had temps in the upper 90's here and heat index as high as 115 for about a week. I'd have to double check to be sure, but I think that's the highest it's ever been in my life. It's pretty awful. Usually I only have to water my garden a couple times a summer once the plants are established, but for the last week I've been having to water some areas every other day. The broccoli is a lost cause, and even the tomatoes are starting to look unhappy. My poor chickens have dug themselves down in the leaf litter under the apple tree and pant like dogs to stay cool. I'd hate to be anything with fur or feathers out in this!

  19. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    Doing things earlier in the morning and late evening and staying inside where there is air conditioning when I can. I feel bad for those who have window air. Here on the west coast many of us have central air which makes a big difference. smile

  20. girly_girl09 profile image77
    girly_girl09posted 5 years ago

    lol I love the intense heat because it spikes traffic to my meal ideas for hot days hub!! Checking the stats for that hub is like a weather forecast. ;D

    The heat doesn't bother me too much (it is in the 90's here right now). I put an AC in my kitchen this year and am actually baking homemade egg rolls @ 425 degrees!

  21. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    Come to Florida and cool off. big_smile  It's 87 and will be perfect around 8.30 p.m., sunset.  Dogs are walked early or late in the day.
    We have central air, it would be hot without it, that's for certain.  I also have a pool which feels great this time of year.

    EDIT: girly, I'll check out your hub!  Fruit smoothies are great during hot months. I slice fresh fruit the night before and freeze it for a morning smoothie made with yogurt (plain), oj, and usually half a banana, add a dash of cinnamon. yum, plus I can drink it on the way to work with a straw.
    Fruit pops are also a great way to stay hydrated and cool off in a healthy way.

    Here is girly's hub with some helpful ideas for hot weather meals.
    http://girlygirl09.hubpages.com/hub/Mea … ummer-Days

    1. theherbivorehippi profile image83
      theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Why have I never thought to put cinnamon in a smoothie before? I drink soy protein shakes when I get back from my run nearly every morning and I add all kinds of fruit and I have never once thought of this. I LOVE cinnamon. I shall think of you tomorrow morning! smile

      1. rebekahELLE profile image91
        rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        cool

        I add it to my coffee grounds also.

        1. theherbivorehippi profile image83
          theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          lol..I don't drink caffeine so I'm out on that idea but I'm looking forward to my morning shake. smile

      2. recommend1 profile image70
        recommend1posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        cinnamon in a smoothie - how decadent, no wonder you get banned so easy !

        1. theherbivorehippi profile image83
          theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          lol It was good! I'm hooked now. Cinnamon it will be for now on!

  22. Paradise7 profile image86
    Paradise7posted 5 years ago

    I'm melting, I've got to get one of those fruit smoothies, sounds EXCELLENT!

    1. rebekahELLE profile image91
      rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      They are excellent. You can use any kind of berry, melon, fresh summer fruit like peaches and nectarines, mangoes. We have fresh mangoes that I have to freeze or they're overripe. They taste amazing in smoothies.

      Hope you cool off.

  23. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    i never thought that Canada would have such tropical heat indices...
    is the world coming to an end?  yikes

  24. saddlerider1 profile image59
    saddlerider1posted 5 years ago

    Even our polar bears and penguins are wearing sun bloc and cool shades and asking our Inuits for ice cubes in their drinks. lol

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      of there's no escaping it then...

  25. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    Can you people Fed-Ex the heat to Australia please? Bloody freezing here!

    1. cindi h profile image60
      cindi hposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      My husband IS a Fed-ex contractor, I'll have him work on it smile

  26. timorous profile image92
    timorousposted 5 years ago

    Ok Jase, but only if you send some of your cold air over here?  We're baking here already...neutral

  27. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    Yup, fair trade, we got plenty blowing up from Antartica to share all-around smile

  28. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 5 years ago

    According to a tv weather commentator, as of Friday morning July 22, 2011, the city of Seattle had only experienced 74 minutes of temperatures over 80F so far this summer.  We should have that total increased by the end of this weekend as we are supposed to get two 80F days, but you never know...

    If you are looking to beat the heat, think about heading to the Pacific Northwest.

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      or a tad further north across the boarder  for maybe 1 degree more or less and a minute or two more or less....bummer summer I say!....ack! what a drag!...what's with that song 'here comes the sun?' - the beattles were brits right? and the Brits love these NA  north west coast areas - feels like home big_smile

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        ...and i keep a sweater at work just in case...

 
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