This June our climate had risen beyond the normal human body temperature, which is 37.6 degrees Celsius or 98.6 Fahrenheit. We had a couple days of 42 to 44 degrees Celsius, 107.6 to 111.2 Fahrenheit . Our weather has never been this hot, a few degrees really can affect us.
Heat can be deadly to animals especially the fur bearing and humans.
Mild or low-grade fever: 100.4–102.2°F (38–39°C)
Moderate grade fever: 102.2–104.0°F (39°C–40°C)
High-grade fever: 104.1–106.0°F (40°C–41.1°C)
Things that can happen where body temperatures rise.
You can have an array of symptoms
- heavy sweating
- cold, clammy skin
- nausea or vomiting
- tiredness or weakness
- a headache
- muscle weakness or cramping
Humans were not on the menu. Some people I know have air conditioning units, in our area the power use was the highest it has been in years. In fact so much power was used there were spot outages! About 700 or more homes were without power. Sadly so many pets including hundreds of rescue animals ended up in vet offices or died from this intense heat. Learning symptoms of overheated pet
Our neighboring country, The United States of America in Washington state shared this crazy ‘Heat Dome’ . Neither area is used to this kind of weather. Texas, India and the Australian outback get this hot. How do people live like that? If this kind of heat is not your thing then you might want to avoid the hottest places in the world.
I felt really off, my wording was “I feel like garbage”. I woke up dizzy with my heart palpitating, muscle and joint pain. I had no energy or desire to eat or do much. I think I gamed on my computer a bit. Ended up taking 2 days off work. Today I felt more human. Not like a weakened flame thrower. At the end of night two with almost no break from the blast furnace outside that was transferring into our home. Our home is not equipped with air conditioning. Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
You can eat light meals throughout the day. Keep hydrated with low or no sugar drinks, eating ice, making smoothies with frozen fruits or just enjoy eating the fruits. Meals for the hot weather.
- You might wonder how we delayed spontaneous combustion.
We have 4 fans in 1.336 sq feet Frozen bags of ice in front of 2 of the fans. Cold wet towels on our necks, ice water and iced herbal tea. We kept the bath filled with cold water and would plunge in when needed. Misted the dog with cool water every few hours. And small ice packs under him at bedtime. We picked him up and put him in the van pre-cooled with air conditioning when taking him for his walks. Took him on the grass to do his bathrooming.
Please know the pavement/asphalt is very hot. Go out and touch the surface that you or your pet will be on. If it is too hot to put your hand on for 5 to 10 seconds it is way too hot for bare skin or pets feet.
It even was bordering on overhot for our scaly family member, his ideal daytime temperature is between 75-85°F (24-29°C). Basking spot kept at 88-100°F (31-38°C). At night, keep around 70-75°F (21-24°C).
Please do everything to stay cool. Have you had any extreme heat waves. I have read about friends that had farms, they made frozen treats for the pets. Would love to read your creative ways to stay cool!