It's June 20th, the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, marking the onset of outdoor barbeques, beach trips, and ice cream-gorging--and it's already really hot! Residents in Northeastern U.S., including Boston, New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, can expect temperatures up to 100 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. Health officials are already breaking out the warnings and telling people how to keep cool.
Do people really need to worry about heat stroke this early in the season? Officials say 'yes.' The National Weather Service is forecasting potentially record-breaking temperatures (Boston, which saw so much rain earlier this month, may reach 101 degrees). There are hundreds of heat-related deaths each year, especially amongst older adults, who have the highest risk of heat stroke. Parents should also remember not to leave their kids or pets in a hot car with the windows rolled up.
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Marge Feinberg of city Education Department in NYC said students who are still in school are advised "advised to wear light clothing and drink plenty of water." Outdoor playtime will also be limited. Kristin Kline, a meteorologist from New Jersey, said temperatures will be almost 15 degrees above normal in some places. The normal temperature on for the official first day of summer for Philadelphia is around 80 to 84 degrees.
Do you think health officials are being overly anxious? True, their advice on how to stay cool seems obvious, but judging by the number of heat-related deaths each year, people still need to be cautious--and slather on that sunscreen. But they should still enjoy the fact that summer is finally here. After all, eating ice cream is an efficient and legitimate way to lower one's body temperature...right?