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Some Like it Hot
Today was pretty hot in Dallas. The temperature was about 44 C. I think that's about 111 F. There are places that see higher temps during Summer. I think the Mojave desert gets close to 50 degrees or more sometimes. In fact, during the Summer of 1980, North Texas saw similar temperatures. Yes, it was definitely hot today. People are talking about this heat wave threatening to out-do 1980.

When I turned on the news tonight, the lead story was the heat-related death of a football coach during practice. It's really sad. People can die from this kind of heat. It's very important to stay hydrated, keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible and limit physical activity. If you are in extremely good physical condition, you can still suffer heat exhaustion.

The next story was about the demand on the electrical grid. They news featured a family somewhere in North Texas and how they are staying cool. The family keeps their air conditioner set at 20 C! I usually need a sweater at that temp. I like my house around 25 C. And I'm not uncomfortable when it's even 27 or 28. The mother of that family said she was concerned that her pets could not tolerate an air-conditioned space at 25 degrees! Whatever.

Now, i admit, air conditioning is a God-send. I would not live here if it wasn't available. But, I did grow up in Texas. And A/C is a relatively new phenomenon. My parents and grandparents didn't have this luxury. So, how did they keep cool. The answer: they didn't.

Before A/C, people in the Southern US just dealt with the heat. And temperatures above 35 are not new. Generations of Southerners have adapted to this climate. Not anymore. We're spoiled.
I discovered an old but effective solution to staying hydrated. Watermelon is a great way to retain moisture. I'm not sure how it works, but it is better than just drinking water. Maybe it's the minerals in the fruit.

It looks like the heat is not letting up any time soon. So, remember to play it safe, and drink plenty of water. And stay out of the sun, or wear a hat, at least.

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Incidentally, people like to say, "it's 103 in the shade!". On the 10 o'clock news, the temperatures were still above 37 C. Not just in the shade. At NIGHT!

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