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We’re having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave

July 26, 2019
By JOYCE COMINGORE - Garden Club of Cape Coral ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It has nothing to do with Irving Berlin's song about a can-can dance, but all about the temperatures rising globally. We're gonna have a hot time in the ol' nation. A dangerous heat wave threatens much of continental USA. 85 percent of our lower nation's population will see temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and record highs not just in the daytime, but also the nighttime. With around the clock highs, there is no time for our bodies and homes to cool off. So - tell you something you didn't already know, really?

About 185 million people are under a heat watch warning or advisory. The record-breaking temperatures can turn deadly. Our main metropolitan cities on the East Coast are under this heat advisory. The New York City mayor, Bill Blasio, declared "a local emergency due to the extreme heat and ordered buildings 100 feet or higher to raise thermostats to 78 degrees to conserve energy. Many outdoor activities have been cancelled because it's not safe for athletes or spectators, even horse racing. The New York City Triathlon, which expected to draw 4,000 participants from 33 countries and 45 U.S. states, was called off due to severe heat warnings. The Appleton, Wisconsin, school district called off elementary and middle school classes because of the excessive heat.

The Midwest cities are taking measures to make sure residents can get relief. Cooling centers are open on the weekdays and recreational centers on the weekends. Homeless people are being checked on and moved to cooling centers. People at greatest risk for heat related illnesses include children up to 4 and people over 65, those overweight or have existing medical conditions. The by-words are, drink plenty of water, reduce outdoor activities, eat light and check on your families and neighbors. I suppose we southerners should be use to this, so welcome to our world, but take care.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared June of this year as the hottest June on record for the world. Heat waves have increased in frequency from an average of two per year to sixper year in the last five decades. Lucky those who have access to swimming pools. Watering holes and lakes leave me leery of flesh-eating diseases. Me - I'm holed up in my house with air conditioning racking up expensive electric bills. As long as I can go from air-conditioned home, to air-conditioned car, to air-conditioned stores, and air-conditioned destinations, I can survive.

I found an article on ways to stay cool. My aloe plant is growing nicely, they are good with chunks frozen in ice cube trays for burns, putting skin care products into the refrigerator, microwaving instead of hot stove cooking, fixing salads, cold sandwiches, eating raw foods. Used to do the cold bandanas around major pressure points. The most important thing is to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, eat liquid foods like cucumbers, lemons, leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes, berries and melons. The English taught us to wear cotton clothing in the heat, they say it breathes. Hot coffee or tea can cause us to sweat, which cools off the body. I make my own popsicles with Kool-aid in my Tupperware molds.

Take care to bring pets in and not to leave them or children in hot, unair-conditioned cars. I'm afraid to leave them in cars with doors locked, air-conditioning running, too big a temptation for car thieves. Walking pets on hot concrete or tar roads is not advisable, it burns their paws. They, too, need plenty of bowls of water. Don't like chained up pets, keep them with you.

My solution is visiting relatives in the northern part of lower Michigan for 10 days for the rest of July.

Good to read that it is coming to an end.

I love the look Camilla, HRH Princess of Wales, Duchess of Rothsay, Countess of Chester, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles wife, has with her parasol on the hot, sun shiny days. A lovely lacy white parasol. Parasols keep the sun off and complexion pale, an umbrella keeps the rain off and is larger, more functional. Parasols survive today in Japan, but it was once part of the Victorian dress, a romantic adornment to keep one's complexion fair. More than a sign of beauty, it provides protection from heat and sunburns. Because of their high cost and limited manufacture, parasols of that age were almost exclusively used by nobility, royalty and clergy, symbolizing wealth and power. How very British of

Camilla. Love it. I wouldn't need my cane if I had one. Just another thing to misplace and lose.

Did you realize that the Everglades have the largest wilderness area of National Parks east of the Mississippi? The park is considered a swamp. It once was a river 50 miles wide and 6 inches deep.

Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles can live together. This National Park protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades in Florida. The Everglades is the third-largest national park in the contiguous United States after Death Valley and Yellowstone. Even there, it will be hot.

Traveling is educational and enlightening but take lots of water with you. STAY HYDRATED wherever you go. If you find a tree, and you need them on the south side of your home, thank it. We breathe in what they give out - they breathe in what we give out. American cities has lost 35 million trees this year. Sad

Joyce Comingore is a Master Gardener, hibiscus enthusiast and member of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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