Hot Summers & South Florida

Preventing heat exhaustion during the summer

Weather to the Max

By Max Lederer Position: Staff Writer

South Florida and other subtropical and tropical areas are known to have extremely hot summers. Now, the impact of that heat is expanding to climes typically featuring milder summertime temperatures, like the Northeast.

Some ways to prevent heat exhaustion include drinking plenty of water and other hydrating fluids, and eating regular meals. You also need to limit your time with direct exposure to the sun since UV rays are more impactful than ever. You can still enjoy the South Florida heat during the summer by lounging on the beach, swimming in the pool and doing less strenuous and more relaxing activities.

“Climate scientists were predicting exactly these kinds of things, that there would be an enhanced threat of these types of extreme events brought on by increased warming. It’s very distressing. These are not encouraging signs for our immediate future,” Jonathan Martin, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told NBC News.

The hot and wet season in Florida typically lasts from May to October. Dry and cooler temperatures persist from November to April. South Florida is a great place to be year round, especially if you love warm weather.

“The heat event that we had in the Pacific Northwest in June — it’s not that we’re suddenly going to see that every summer, but the recent extremes are certainly a preview of what we’ll see more frequently in the future,” said Karin Bumbaco, a research scientist at the University of Washington and Washington’s assistant state climatologist, to NBC News.

This can be a good thing for northerners trying to escape the cold, but also a bad thing for people who suffer from chronic illness or get overheated quickly. Summer heat in South Florida can lead to heat exhaustion and make you feel disoriented, especially when factoring for humidity. 

With the ongoing threat of climate change, there has been an increase in more intense and sweltering heat waves reaching parts of the U.S. and other regions of the world that have rarely seen it occur.



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