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CALCULATING THE HEAT INDEX

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CALCUALATING THE HEAT INDEX:

You hear it all winter long, except then we call the feel like temperature the wind chill. Now summer is in full force and we are hearing the term "Heat Index" being thrown around. The heat and humidity combo is not only uncomfortable but it can also prove deadly with more than 175 heat related deaths a year in the US alone. The heat index is a number that is reached after you take into consideration the actual air temperature and the dew point or relative humidity. Below is a chart you can use to figure out what it actually feels like out there.

Keep in mind that these feel like temps are calculated for shaded areas with no direct sunlight or breezes. You can add roughly 15 degrees to the heat index by being out in the elements such as walking around the State Fair in the direct sun over dark asphalt.

The heat index is calculated by taking into consideration the humidity, which is important. Excessive humidity inhibits the body's ability to cool itself through the process of evaporation. Therefore you can easily feel hotter than the surrounding air temperature.

If you would like to calculate the heat index for yourself, click on this link for a HEAT INDEX CALCULATIOR. http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml

You just need to know the actual air temperature and the current dewpoint or relative humidity.

TIPS ON DEALING WITH THE HEAT

Here in Minnesota we can easily claim the title of cold weather experts. However, when it comes to the heat, that is an event in which we rarely get an opportunity to participate. Along with common sense, which we are great at packing, here are a few other tips to help you deal with the upcoming mini heat wave.

TAKE IT EASY: Mowing that lawn or working in the garden seems like a great way to make use of the dry weather but try to limit those to the coolest parts of the day.

STAY HYDRATED: This means guzzle that water even if you don't feel thirsty. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverage can actually cause your body lose water, so keep those drink to a minimum.

DRESS FOR THE OCCAISION: I know I always say that spandex is a privilege and not a right but the heat is no joking matter. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight and to allow your body to more easily release excess heat.

DONT PIG OUT: This is a good one to remember when out at the State Fair. Heavy foods with lots of protein and excessive carbs can cause your body to rev up and run hotter and even contribute to excess water loss.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE A/C: Air conditioning is one of the best inventions of our time. Use air-conditioned areas to recharge and cool down before another stint out in the heat.

DON'T BE A SUN WORSHIPER: Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat so use that sunblock and don't turn beat red. It's so much harder for your body to manage the heat in this state, not to mention how uncomfortable it is for you.

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