Arizona is a diverse state with many elevations, and there are many parts of the state that enjoy cool, comfortable temperatures all summer. However, summer temperatures in some areas of the state can reach triple digits, and visitors may need to take extra precautions to keep their summer vacations cool and enjoyable.
By following this hot-weather advice, you’re sure to appreciate all the wonderful attractions that Arizona has to offer this time of year. These tips were provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services:
- Wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors, and reapply as necessary.
- Rest frequently in shady areas so that the body’s temperature has a chance to recover.
- If unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, gradually increase the pace and limit exercise or work time.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing; sunglasses to protect the eyes; and a wide-brimmed hat to provide shade and keep the head cool.
- Take special precaution with infants and young children by dressing them in loose, cool clothing and shading their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Protect their feet with shoes.
To Avoid Heat-Related Illness:
- Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
- Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level. Don’t wait until thirsty to drink fluids; drink more liquid than one’s thirst indicates.
- Avoid “heat hangover.” Continue to drink fluids even after strenuous activity. This will enable the body to maintain optimum hydration, and help prevent the after effects of heat exposure such as headaches and fatigue.
- Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they dehydrate the body.
- Avoid very cold beverages as they cause stomach cramps.
- Limit exercise or outdoor activity between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its peak intensity. If active during this time frame, drink a minimum of 16 to 32 ounces of water each hour.
- If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.
- Try a cool shower or bath to help cool off.
- Some medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, may increase the risk of heat related illness. Consult your physician if you have questions.