The hot spells are approaching quickly as Texas weather turns a corner this spring. Abundant sunshine and high temperatures have already graced the North Dallas area, which means things are heating up—quite literally.
And these warm days are accelerating everywhere. In fact, heatwaves have increased globally in frequency and duration since the 1950s, according to the first extensive worldwide assessment of heatwaves, which was released in the summer of 2020.
It is important to consider how this upcoming increase in warm weather will affect your body and a person’s overall health in order to be prepared to take on all your summer plans.
A simple way to predict in which ways the warmth outside has effects on your body is by checking the local weather report’s heat index, which calculates how the human body responds to warm weather conditions.
One of the first things our bodies do when adapting to heat is attempt to maintain a normal level temperature of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37° C). Our bodies cool themselves by sweating; as the sweat evaporates from the skin, the heat goes with it. As a result, warm or hot weather can lead to dehydration as the body loses fluids. Therefore, reminding yourself to stay hydrated during heat waves is crucial.
According to the National Weather Service, along with dehydration, heat and warmth can be taxing on the body and mind in many other ways. Effects can manifest in various forms such as heat-related illnesses, heat cramps, higher risk of judgment errors and occupational injuries, general exhaustion, and the potential for even moderately hot days to put vulnerable people at risk.
While the warm weather is a sign for most that sunshine and summer fun is on the way, it is vital that you stay cool and hydrated and remain informed of how these changes may have an impact on your health. Enjoy the warm rays, but don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing, sip on enough water, check the heat index, and prepare to consult your doctor if you notice severe symptoms of heat-related issues.