You probably don’t need the Fayetteville Flyer to tell you how hot it is outside. Or a TV weather anchor, weather.com, or even a thermometer. All ya gotta do is open a door, a window, or a manhole cover (if you’re a local ninja turtle) and the heat will hit you right in the face.
The temperature hit a record of 102 degrees yesterday in Fayetteville. That’s one degree over the previous record high which was on July 10, 1980. Most years around here, it barely hits 90 degrees during early July.
- Limit exercise or strenuous physical activity to the coolest part of the day – usually early morning or late evening.
- Wear loosefitting clothing that’s both lightweight and light in color. Choose clothing that draws perspiration away from the skin, such as cotton T-shirts or shorts. Newer perspiration-wicking fabrics also are effective.
- Drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you are thirsty to take a drink. A humans’ thirst mechanism kicks in only after it is significantly depleted of fluids. If exercising heavily in hot weather, aim for two to four glasses of water – or 16 to 32 ounces – every hour.
- Stay away from liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more fluid. Also, know that a drink that’s too cold might cause stomach cramps.
- If working, or playing in the hot summer sun, take a break in a shady area to cool down.
- Don’t overdo it. Start slowly and increase your pace gradually. In weather that’s extremely hot and humid, don’t exercise at too high a level. What is normal on a cool day might be dangerous on a hot day.
- Wear sunscreen. It’s harder for the body to keep sunburned skin cool. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off the face and head. Sunscreen helps protect the skin from sunburn and keeps a person cooler too.
- Know the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
If you’re looking to head out for some fun tonight, there are a few options.
Other choices include Chris Harp at JJ’s, Darren Ray at Pesto Cafe, karaoke at Powerhouse and an acoustic open jam at The Perk. Lots of public meetings, too.
- JJ’s Grill: Chris Harp
- Pesto Cafe: Darren Ray
- The Perk: Open acoustic jam
- Rogue Pizza Co.: The Battle Within / Such Creatures Exist / Cowards / Dissonant Possesion
- Powerhouse Seafood: Karaoke
- Town Center: Advertising & Promotion Commission * (agenda) – 2:00 p.m.
- City Hall Room 111: Board of Adjustments * – 3:45 p.m.
- City Hall Room 111: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board * – 5:30 p.m.
- City Hall Room 219: Planning Commission * – 5:30 p.m.
- City Hall Room 326: Animal Services Advisory Board * – 5:30 p.m.
* Meetings scheduled to be televised by the Fayetteville Government Channel are indicated with an asterisk