It can be exciting to plan how to spend your summer while there’s still a chill in the air. While many of us crave summer fun, the hot weather can pose a serious risk to our health. But the heat doesn’t have to ruin your summer break. Here are some planning tips to keep your time in the heat safe and comfortable.

Schedule smartly
Avoid scheduling outdoor activities during the hottest hours of the day, which is usually between 11 in the morning and three in the afternoon. Identify air-conditioned or cool spaces like museums or malls where you can spend time away from the heat or other weather conditions.

Follow the forecast
While planning your summer fun, try to keep tabs on the long-range weather forecast to get an idea of what to expect. That said, forecasts can change, so it’s important to know where to get up-to-date information on local weather and air quality. It’s also important to be prepared to adapt to unseasonable weather.

Dress wisely
Light-weight, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabrics can help keep you cool. Keep this in mind when choosing your vacation outfits. Layering these pieces can help you stay comfortable when temperatures fluctuate.

Be aware
Make sure you understand what health risks you face so that you can plan accordingly and enjoy your time off to the fullest. This applies to your health in the heat, too. Hot temperatures pose serious health risks for everyone. They can lead to heat illnesses like heat stroke, which can be deadly. If you take medication or have a health condition, ask your health-care provider if heat is more dangerous for you and follow their recommendations.

These simple steps to prepare for hot and humid weather can help you stay healthy and enjoy your summer adventures.

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