Summer heat to roll in Saturday, Sunday

By Chris Swick
June 19, 2015

Temperatures are expected to be near 100 on Saturday, and as the summer heat rolls in, it's important to remember to stay hydrated.

“A nice, tall glass of water does more than quench your thirst,” Jana McKinney, McPherson County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, said. “Water carries heat away from the inside of the body, so you maintain a comfortable internal temperature. Water also carries nutrients. If you're feeling sluggish, it's often a sign that you're maybe needing some fluids.”

For variety, water, non-sweetened tea, black coffee, sugar-free juice and low fat milk are viable alternatives. McKinney added that sodas and sports drinks should be avoided, if possible.

Staying active during high temperatures is also important. McKinney suggested talking walks.

“I know that it's so humid, you have to do that early in the morning or later in the afternoon,” McKinney said. “Or you could pick a large door and walk the outside perimeter. If you're wondering how fast you go, you can count the number of steps you take in one minute and divide it by thirty. So, if you're taking 90 steps per minute, you're going about three miles per hour. That's a pretty brisk clip for most people.”

Other tips to stay healthy during the heat include ensuring you get eight hours of sleep.