Be Ready for the Arkansas Heat and Humidity

Be Ready for the Arkansas Heat and Humidity

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Summer is a time for fun and games, but it’s also important to stay safe when playing outdoors in the heat and humidity. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity can create a dangerous situation, especially for young children and older adults.

Arkansas is a state that experiences extreme heat and humidity during the summer months. The average high temperature in July is 92 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average humidity is 75%. This combination of heat and humidity can be dangerous, especially for people who are not used to it.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two of the most serious heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses too much water and salt through sweating. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, headache, and a rapid heartbeat. Heat stroke is a more serious condition that occurs when the body’s temperature rises to a dangerously high level. Symptoms include confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

Paddleboarding on Arkansas lakes is an excellent Summer activity.
Paddleboarding on Arkansas lakes is an excellent Summer activity.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when playing outdoors in the summer heat and humidity:

  • Avoid playing during the hottest part of the day. This is usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must play during these hours, find a shady spot and take frequent breaks.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid sugary drinks, which can dehydrate you further.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. This will help your body stay cool.
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it generously 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • Take breaks in the shade. If you start to feel hot or tired, take a break in a cool, shady spot.
  • Listen to your body. If you feel dizzy, nauseated, or have a headache, stop playing and cool down.
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By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe while enjoying the outdoors this summer.

Try to have fun.
Try to have fun.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:

  • Check the weather forecast before you go outside. When the heat index is high, it’s advisable to remain indoors or locate a refreshing spot to spend time..
  • Pay attention to the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These include dizziness, nausea, headache, confusion, and a rapid heartbeat. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Have a plan in case of an emergency. This could include knowing where the nearest cooling center is located or having a way to call for help.

Following these tips can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer. So get out there and enjoy the sunshine, but do it safely!

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You can find more about current heat and humidity conditions at this National Weather Service site.

(photos courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism)

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