Staying Cool in the Caribbean Heat
Undeniably, the hottest month in the Caribbean is July, with temperatures ranging from the high 80s and at night 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Staying cool in the Caribbean’s heat is one of the most important things you can do for your health while traveling in the summer months.
The Caribbean in July
As rainfall increases the most during the summer months, so does the heat. Also, July is considered part of hurricane season for the Caribbean.
That said, if you are willing to risk a few thunderstorms, you can find a really good deal on your travels. And while you are there, here are some summer tips on how to beat the heat.
- First, drink plenty of water. You want to drink a minimum of 32 ounces a day while on the islands.
- When possible, stay in the air conditioner between the hours of 11 am to 2 pm.
- Now, here is a strange fact; eating spicy food can help you cool down because it increases your blood circulation, which, as a result, makes you sweaty. Sweating allows you to cool down.
- Keep your hot zones cool with an ice pack or a fan that sprays a cool mist. These zones are your ankles, wrists, elbow bends, neck, temples, and behind the knees.
- Eating cold treats like popsicles is a great way to stay cool. It worked for us as kids, and it will do the same for you as an adult. Fresh fruit popsicles are always a great option.
Additional Ways to Stay Cool
According to the CDC, everyone should take these stepsto prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and death during hot weather:
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Schedule your outdoor activities with temperatures in mind.
- Wear lightweight, sunscreen, loose-fitting clothing.
- Pace yourself during your activity.
- Take cool-temperature showers or baths to cool yourself down.
- Check on your friends and neighbors and have someone who will check on you as well.
- Never leave your children or pets in cars.
- Check your local news station for health and safety updates.
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