Picture it: New Jersey 2010. It's another week of hot weather with temperatures soaring to 100 degrees, but it feels like 140 with the humidity. It's so hot, you could swear you saw the devil catching a cab on Kennedy Boulevard. You're stuck in or outdoors and there isn't a Freon based cooling device within reach. What to do?
Fret no more, NewJerseyNewsroom.com has a few tips on how to survive these doggish summer day temperatures.
Crank up those fans: Ceiling fans and electric fans help a lot during heat waves. If you can put one in every room, the more the cooler. If you're sitting in one room place your fans in opposite directions so that they cool the air more efficiently. If you have two electric fans and a ceiling fan, consider yourself blessed, grab a seat and stay cool. The less you move, the cooler you'll be.
Shades: Close those drapes, shut those blinds and pull those shades. The less sunlight you let in, the cooler you keep the house. It'll make your A/C work less hard too. If you can run a fan in addition to the A/C you wont have to run the A/C high and you'll stay much cooler.
Cold drinks: This is essential to staying cool on a hotter than the Middle East day. Load your glass or cup with lots of ice and stick with lemonade, sweet tea, water or cranberry juice. Beer will only make you much hotter, trust me. I know it's hotter than the dickens and that Corona (or other spirits) sure look tempting, but you'll regret it. Alcohol tends to dehydrate your body, which will only make you feel four times worse during a heat wave. So save the liquor and beer for the cooler evening hours.
Dress in the three L's: Lightweight, Light-colored and Loose. All three reflect heat and sunlight, which helps to maintain normal body temperature. Sunlight can heat up the inner core of your body, which can lead to heat exhaustion.