As we all know, Central Valley summers can be unbearably hot, and running the air conditioning is expensive. If running the AC isn’t in your budget this year, here a few ways to stay cool this summer.
- Plan Time Inside
- Stay in the Shade
- Go Up to the Mountains
- Stay Hydrated
- Go Easy in the Heat
- Wear the Right Clothing
- Visit Water Parks
Even if you don’t have AC, there are public places you can go to stay cool. The City of Fresno activates cooling centers when temperature are 105 degrees or above. Call the city’s One-Call Center at (559) 621-2489 to find the Cooling Center closest to you. Transportation to Cooling Centers is free on the city’s FAX bus system. Just tell the bus driver which cooling center you’re traveling to. You could also stay cool by studying at the library, going to the mall, or seeing a movie.
If you are spending a lot of time outside, make sure you’re staying in the shade as often as possible. Stop under a tree for a while or carry an umbrella with you.
Kings Canyon National Park and Shaver Lake tend to be about 20 degrees cooler than the valley. On really hot days, plan to spend the day in the mountains. There are several lakes you can swim in to keep cool including Hume, Shaver, Huntington, Millerton and Pine Flat.
On really hot days, drink water every 15 minutes. It sounds excessive, but drinking 6 to 12 ounces of water every 15 minutes will not only keep you hydrated, but it will also help keep you cool.
If you play outdoor summer sports then be sure to know your limits. It’s very easy to suffer from heat stroke when exercising on really hot days. When you’ve exercised in the heat, be sure to give your body time to rest afterwards and cool down.
Dark clothes tend to trap in heat while light clothes reflect the sun away from your body. Wear loose clothing and a hat to protect your head from the sun. Wear breathable fabrics like linen, cotton, or silk to stay cool.
Fresno has free splash parks throughout the city. They include Todd Beamer Park at Maple and Plymouth; Historic Dickey Park at Blackstone and Divisadero; and Figarden Loop Park Water Play Area on Figarden Drive just west of Brawley. Island Waterpark and Wild Waters Adventure Park have entrance fees but are fun ways to stay cool.
Follow these guidelines to beat the heat this summer!
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