Sometimes I just have to laugh when I see headlines like today’s weather report headline on UK’s The Telegraph web site.
Grin The Telegraph needs a ‘good’ proof reader. The Telegraph said “The Met Office said that Sunday was the hottest day of the year at 82C, but that new highs were likely on Monday and Tuesday. I’m pretty sure it won’t reach 180F this week in the UK.
The list below is 30 year weather report averages for my area of Oklahoma. The place I choose to garden and live.
Days of 90 Degrees or Higher: 101
May averages 7 days over 91 and 0 days over 100
June averages 19 days over 91 and 3 days over 100
July averages 28 days over 91 and 11 of those days are over 100
August averages 27 days over 91 and 11 of those days are over 100
Days With Precipitation: 60
Thunderstorm Days: 50
Last Freeze in Spring: April 2
First Freeze in Autumn: November 6
Growing Season: 218 Days
Typically, there are about 4 events each year of hail exceeding one inch(25.4mm) in diameter
Average Monthly rain fall:
May 4 3/4 inches
June 2 1/4 inches
July 2 1/4 inches
August 2 1/2 inches
My Next 7 day forecast: T=98 – W=100 – T=102 – F=103 – S=98 and S=103
OK, OK, Please don’t tar and feather me.
I am well aware that UK gardeners do not normally have or even need air conditioners in their homes. But 90F is just not that hot. Use a bit of common sense.
Tips from the (US)CDC for Preventing Heat Related Illness
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air conditioned place.
Electric fans provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing.
NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
Infants and young children
People aged 65 or older
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
If you must be out in the heat:
Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.
Try to rest often in shady areas.
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
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