…Brattleboro chickens are laying omlettes and the cows are giving powdered milk.
It’s day three of the heat wave. The forecast shows 90+ degree days all week until Friday, with heat indexes even higher. As I type this, there is a Heat Advisory, Hazardous Weather Outlook, and Air Quality Alert underway.
Today’s heat advisory warns of heat index values between 95 and 104.
They say in part:
“Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…keep track of your pets and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency…call 9 1 1.”
Today’s Air Quality Alert says:
“On Monday, July 2nd, expect levels of ozone to register in the `unhealthy for sensitive groups` (USG), range across Vermont. Note that in southern Vermont levels may exceed 85 parts per billion
(PPB), on an hourly basis, though it is not expected that the 8 hour average will exceed 85 PPB (an 8 hour average of ozone exceeding 85 PPB is the health standard for air unhealthy for all individuals, not just sensitive groups). Ozone will be transported from the Atlantic Coast urban corridor region to New England as a southerly wind develops in the region, and very hot conditions continue.”
In other words, it’s a scorcher, and dangerous.
It would be wise to recall Zippy’s campaign, too, and do not keep pets in closed up cars. They will melt. There’s a good chance humans will melt if they sit in a locked car, too. Be careful!.
What are you doing to stay cool? Got any it’s-so-hot jokes for us? Any good food or drinks to cool off that you know of?