The full heat of the summer has not hit Phoenix yet, but it is coming quick! If this is your first summer in the Valley you have probably already been warned of what is coming but there are some ways to prepare yourself to survive the heat.
You don’t have to stay indoors for the next three months but it is necessary to protect yourself and be smart if you plan to spend time outdoors. Here are a few things to consider if your goal is to do some hiking or spend time outdoors during the month of May.
Get an Early Start.
Temperatures swell during the day but at night, when the sun is gone, temperatures will dip slightly. The best time to be outdoors is very early in the morning when the sun is just coming up. If you want to do any hiking, you should plan to be at the trailhead right at sunrise to give yourself enough time to finish the hike before temperatures rise. Even if your goal is just to do some yard work, it’s a good idea to get started before 8 a.m. and plan to be done before 10 a.m.
The sun’s rays are powerful and can cause serious damage to your skin and eyes. Protect yourself with adequate sunscreen (a minimum of SPF35) and also pack a hat and sunglasses.
Your clothing can also offer protection against the sun.
Dark and bright colors do a good job of absorbing the sun’s rays to help offer protection. Tightly-woven materials like jeans also block the sun but these may also trap heat close to the skin. Opt instead for something loose-fitting, lightweight and shiny or silky. These fabrics help reflect UV rays away from you.
Water is the most important thing to have with you if you plan to spend any time outdoors. It’s also a good idea to have a few water bottles in your car for emergencies. Water is an absolutely necessity in the desert.
Make Smart Plans.
Before you head outdoors make sure you check the forecast as well as your body’s limits. Don’t spend excessive amount of time outdoors during extreme temperatures if you don’t have to.
It’s also important to recognize signs of heat exhaustion. Excessive sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness and an elevated body temperature are all signs of distress. Get to some shade or air conditioning and replenish your body with electrolytes right away.
The extreme temperatures can also reek havoc on your clothes. Nobody likes to see sweat stains on their favorite tops! Before those stains have the chance to get too comfortable, bring your clothes in to Prestige Cleaners. Even better–we’ll come pick them up from your door with our free pickup and delivery service, saving you a trip outdoors.