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Heat Index 103 in Katonah: Tips for Staying Cool in Katonah

Mind your health in the heat today. It’s going to be hot, with an expected heat index of 103 degrees, and nearly as high tomorrow. My 16 year old just went through some heat related illness, gave us a scare, and reminded me that though we usually think protectively of the elderly and babies when we think about heat exhaustion, stroke, dehydration and heat poisoning, they can affect anyone.

Here some ideas for staying cool, without overtaxing the grid. We don’t want another black-out in the middle of this heat!

Tips for staying cool

First, and most importantly is remembering that our bodies need to sweat in order to cool us off. In order to do that we have to stay hydrated. Drink water, drink water, drink water. My daughter’s difficulties (high temp, massive headache, nausea, disorientation!) came from letting herself get dehydrated plus playing out at the beach on a too-hot day.

#1- use fans at night and in the morning to bring in cool air
#2- close the windows when it becomes hotter outside than inside
#3- close curtains on sunny windows. I didn’t have a kitchen curtain, so hung a temporary towel this morning when the sun came in that window
#4- if you have window air conditioners, place in the room you’ll be using most and close the doors rather than cooling multiple rooms
#5- have children? Turn off the electric and head out to places already cooled. Local library and stores are good places to visit in the hottest part of the day. Or the pool or swimming hole. (just be sure to keep getting wet and cooled off and stay in the shade as much as possible)
#6- headed to the office? Use Amtrak or MetroNorth if you can. Both are air kept nice and cool.
#7- no AC? Wet towel or pretty cotton scarf wrapped loosely around the neck. Re-wet towel hourly
#8- take a cool shower several times, get into a shallow cool bath or kiddie bath to cool off

Stay cool, and safe, and we’ll try to not over-tax the grid…

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About Heather Flournoy

I am a writer, social media connoisseur, environmentalist and professional marketer. My personal blog is and my professional website is I love people's stories, and a passionate cultivator of connections, both for myself and helping others to connect. Tell me who you are, what your story is, and I'll tell you who you should talk to. In my own view, I know some of the most interesting, colorful and profound people in the world. You know who you are. Besides all the above, I am proud to say I am a working class single mother who raised a beautiful daughter. I connect deeply with animals, especially horses. I love music, coffee shops, farmer's markets, growing my own food, sustainable agriculture, broad thinkers, the healing arts, and dive diners.


2 thoughts on “Heat Index 103 in Katonah: Tips for Staying Cool in Katonah

  1. Thanks for the advice, Heather. Heat exhaustion and heat strokes can be really scary and can come on suddenly. We live in a neighborhood on a community well,, so another tip is to fill clean containers with water and put it aside, just in case the water in the house goes out.

    Posted by Kitty Schwartz | July 6, 2010, 12:29 pm


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