10 Tips to Chill and Beat the Heat During a Heat Advisory


It’s going to be a hot few days in Logan County.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Heat Advisory today, beginning at Noon and running through 9 PM Friday.

Maximum heat index values are expected to be around 100 degrees Thursday and 100-105 degrees on Friday.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

It’s recommended that you drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Here are a few ways to help you beat the heat:

  1. Stay Hydrated– Drinking water instead of sugary sodas or juices will keep your body hydrated and cool. A good rule of thumb is to consume eight, 8 oz. glasses of water each day at a minimum. Dehydration can set in quickly when the temperatures are high.
  2. Opt for fresh fruits & veggies– There’s a reason we reach for salads in the summer. They’re easier to digest than, a fatty hamburger, which leaves you feeling sluggish in the high heat. Instead, go for fruits and vegetables, which are watery and help keep you hydrated and cooler.
  3. Don’t turn on the oven– Give your oven a summer vacation. If you cook, use the stovetop, the microwave, the air fryer, or a barbecue.
  4. Hang your clothes to dry– Give the clothes dryer a break, too. Hang a clothesline and let your towels and sheets flap in the breeze.
  5. Be smart about ceiling fans– Ceiling fans are great at moving air around. When the weather is hot, the ceiling fan blades should be set to spin counterclockwise. This pushes air down and creates a fresh breeze.
  6. Block the sun– Don’t let the sun overheat your home. Tilt your blinds up and close drapes and shades on windows that receive direct sunlight.
  7. Take a shower– Taking a shower can help your body cool down. Let your hair air-dry to help extend the cooling period of your body and maximize the cool and clean feeling of a cold shower.
  8. Swim– Take a dip in a local swimming hole, public pool, or even a kiddie pool in your backyard. There’s nothing better than submerging in cold water on a hot summer day.
  9. Dress light– Wear light colors and breathable fabrics, especially on those scorching days. Cotton and linen are best.
  10. Just chill– Take it easy, especially if you tend to overheat. There are plenty of hours in the day to accomplish your daily goals. Create time to relax and don’t over-exert yourself running around town. It’s too dang hot!