What to do about this hotness?

United States
July 22, 2011 3:01pm CST
Ok so picture this..... Temperatures reaching almost 100 degrees... Three kids...... Two adults....... Big house..... One small 12 inch fan...... Are you sweating yet? Because I know I am and have been for at least four days now. The temperature seems to be getting hotter and the headaches longer. Today I called every store in my county looking for an air conditioner or more fans but everyone seems to be out and stocks on back order. This is ridiculous. Everyone seems to be on edge and I have no clue how to keep up nice and cool. We literally take about two showers a day and this is not good for my hair or skin. I keep sweating profusely I do not think I have ever sweated this much. I have go keep going to the store to buy drinks because our family of five is drinking like a fish! What can we do to stay cool and not get sun burned? What do you do? We have no pool and nearest beach is 30 minutes away!
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
22 Jul 11
For me - I am used to 110 deg. f in India. Of course in India we have houses well ventilated - not like usa where everything is closed. no scope for air to come in. yesterday night it was hot here in detroit - we used fans and managed. Regarding taking care of one's health -- drink cold water whenever required and go out for walk after 8.30 pm. not before that. House is airconditioned and temp doesn't come down 80 deg f though we set it at 70 deg.f.
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• United States
22 Jul 11
Yeah well iwas going to buy an air conditioner today but it did not go so well because everywhere I called were sold out and back ordered. If I would have known we were going to get Floridas weather I would have bought one in advanced.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
22 Jul 11
Does it mean that you do not have centralised ac for all rooms? I find in many flats here they have centralised ac.
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• United States
23 Jul 11
No where I live we do not have central air. We would have to put it in ourselves and we rent our house so the landlord will not pay for it to be done. Plus with how high the bills are already we could not afford it.
@nurseclare (2210)
• Philippines
23 Jul 11
Oh, that's too hot and that's really hard for you. It is a lot better if you have air conditioner and fan before this hotness. In this climate, wear cotton clothes(sleevelessand shorts), drink lot's of water and you could stay at malls or any cold place near you. I hope you have a friend who can lend you a fan. :)
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• United States
24 Jul 11
We went camping and we are a family of 5 in a little camper with one little 12" fan. across the yard was my boyfriends aunt and uncle with 3 fans all directly on themselves. It was just the two of them and their dog with all the fans draining the electric! Our camper has ac but we can not use it because his aunt and uncle have all their electric taking all the power!
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• Philippines
27 Jul 11
hahaha! That's really funny.. The family of your boyfriend is really selfish.. Just don't mind..Just keep going! So how's the weather now?
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• United States
28 Jul 11
The weather has actually been cooler. Which is great cuz now my hair is not frizzing with all the sweat
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@Celanith (2334)
• United States
23 Jul 11
While your experincing hot weather here on the west coast it is cooler than normal we had to build a fire today as it is so cold. As to cooling down. First am not sure where you live if your in town or in the country. During the day keep your blinds or curtains closed. At night if you can open doors and windows until early morning them close and keep the curtains and things closed it keeps it cooler. Allow only ONE door to go in and out of and make it where you retain most the coolness you got from the night air. Second take a shower and put on a wet t-shirt. Take a wet towel and put over the fan every little bit. Drink cool drinks with ice. Get out a sprinkler or even a hose and spray the kids. Also water down the roof and sides of house it helps. Run through the sprinkler or have a water fight. Drink a lot of water, avoid soda they are actually dehydrating. Get some ice cream. Eat cold salads and sandwitches, Cottage Cheese etc. Hope this helps and if you can send me some of that heat and I will pray God sends you some rain and cooler weather.
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• United States
24 Jul 11
It finally rained last night and made it cooler. But then again today before 8am we are scorching again! I want colder weather. I told myself this winter to not complain of the warmth this summer but when i told myself that I did not know we were going to be the hottest state! I Live in Ohio and 85 is really hot for us in the summer but this summer with humidity it has been about 115. We are being told to stay indoors or go to a cooling station. Which of course is not in my area! I lost 6lbs in 2 days because of the sweating and not eating as much warm foods.
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@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
23 Jul 11
With this hot weather a great thing would be if you can go swimming in a pool. But you say not having a pool. Is there any public pool in your city? In any case what is left is to have a little patience. Today I heard on TV the temperature will be lower in a week aproximately. :)
• United States
24 Jul 11
Ya!!!!! I can not wait for this temperature to get cooler! No we do not have a city pool it would be nice if we did but we don't! My boyfriends aunt just got a pool but they live in mosquito central!And for some reason the bug repellent does not work anymore!
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@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
24 Jul 11
Mosquito central! I'm feeling the bites right now!lol. Try to go to the sea. Thirty minutes is not so far.:)
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• United States
25 Jul 11
It is far when you need to save the gas to go to school which is 35 minutes away. I have a small car but it seems like I am always putting gas in it!
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
26 Jul 11
First off, I hope the temperature has gotten better since this posting. Actually, we here in the Pacific Northwest could not relate to the heat being experienced in the rest of the continent. We have been through some unseasonably cold weather. It was even raining here the past few days. And yesterday, I saw a whole pallet of fans at the local grocery store being sold for $12, but nobody was buying it.
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• United States
28 Jul 11
Wow I would have bought at least four of them for that price! Today it is raining which we have not had rain in a long time so thats a good thing!
• United States
23 Jul 11
This heat is just so terrible right now. I understand where you are coming from. You would think the stores would have enough stock of air conditioners in case this would happen. That stinks sorry you are suffering in this heat.
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• United States
24 Jul 11
Well when I called home depot they said they just ran out. I asked when they are getting more they said oh we aren't. We got the ones we just sold on accident. What I don't understand is if a store is making alot of money off of a product why the heck do they stop selling them?
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• United States
23 Jul 11
Just try to relax. It's so hot here in Baltimore right now. Our air conditioner hasn't been working right because of the heat and I just went to the 7-Eleven and their air conditioner is hot. I guess a lot of buildings here weren't meant to stand 100 degree or more weather like in the South and Southwest. Maybe you should try to buy some ice, sit it behind the fan, sit the fan in the middle of a room and you'll probably feel cooler.
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• United States
24 Jul 11
I have never thought of the ice thing I will have to try it. I will have to probably keep filling the ice because it will melt. I went to the store the other day and it is only about 2 miles away from my house and I bought a big bag of ice for our cooler. Well the ice was almost melted within the 5 minute drive!
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
23 Jul 11
The weather has been very unusual in many parts of the world this year. Even places in the far north get hot. I have been reading about the heat wave coming in pushing temperatures way beyond seasonal. Yes, we need to be prepared with the facilities necessary manage through.
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• United States
24 Jul 11
Thankfully the set up cooling stations but none of them are stationed where I live. I was thinking about looking for an air conditioner online from like amazon or ebay because our stores are sold out completely! When is this heat wave suppose to be coming?
• Philippines
23 Jul 11
If you are near a mall or a fast food restaurant make use of the facility. I think the best way to overcome the heat is for you to go out early in the day to some center with activity for the kids and adults and come back later in the day when the sun has set. If not try to find a woody area. Places with a lot of tress tend to be cool. Specially if there is a breeze and the cool shade would give you that cool feeling specially if you brought something cool to eat like water melons and ice cream. It would also be fun for the kids to play outside. Hope I helped.
• United States
24 Jul 11
It did help. I really do not have the extra money to go out to eat and there is nothing much for kids to do in a mall. Plus I have three of them can you imagine my trips to the store. I try to make them fast I live in the country so we have alot of woods but our mosquito are horrible this year!Even in the day light they are praying on us!
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
22 Jul 11
I'm from England, and we have had only one day like that that I can recall this summer. And it was pretty unbearably hot. But much of this summer has been rain-sodden, which is pretty normal for the UK. We had a lovely spring, but once July kicked in, there was a lot of rain, and boy did it rain. But we will be having a return of summer sun this weekend according to the forecasters. And then maybe some hot days. I seem to recall some years back it reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit in London area in August: one newspaper spelled it out in big letters on the front page; it was a big deal. We have gotten used to very mixed summers over here.
• United States
23 Jul 11
Yesterday our newspaper read very hot in bold letters with some color to it. It was reaching 100 degrees. Yesterday it actually rained and cooled it down like twenty degrees so that. Made the night a cool one thank god.
@Matpunk85 (1066)
• Italy
22 Jul 11
Well, my suggestion is to go in a public building with air conditioned, a library as example, so you can breath fresh air for some hours. The problem would stay during the night. The solution is the general way of fight against high temperatures. Open all the windows in the early morning and close all the shutters in the hottest hours. In the night open again and try to "move" the air. Last solution: do you have any friend living in the mountains?
• United States
23 Jul 11
Yeah I am no where near the mountains so that wouldn't be a option for me. Secondly yes there are some buildings around here they are calling cooling stations for people who are close to having heat stroke. I guess I could go to one of those places but we are so frusterated I wouldn't want my boyfriend to try and fight with someone.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
22 Jul 11
Do you have a sprinkler? I would suggest maybe doing that, and drinking lots of water, trying to stay inside, eating more coldish foods, and trying not to operate that oven as much. I've never had to really deal with it too bad at home, but there was one year at a place I worked the A/C went out and it was 90 degrees outside 110 inside the store. Then when the A/C worked we had to wear a coat, then WOOP it went kaput again and we had to close the store down. No neighbors have a pool?
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• United States
22 Jul 11
No I live out in the country so all my neighbors are Amish people. The do not do swimming pools, lucky if they do bath tubs. The sprinklers are a good idea but the sun is just so beating hot. This summer is really weird because I live in Ohio and these temperatures are record high this year. With the humidity it feels like 115. I have sun block but I have to keep applying so no one gets skin cancer. We are inside and yesterday we spent all day outside and slept in a camper. It was so hot in our camper last night I had the baby in a diapers and the boys in their boxers and I could not sleep for anything so today we have been spending the day at home where it is hot but a little cooler.
• Canada
27 Jul 11
There are lots of things people can do to keep cool when there's no pool. -Drink lots of WATER. -Pat yourself down with cold wet towels -Put the sprinkler on the lawn and run through it -Buy a kiddie pool, and sit in it. -Take a cool shower -Take a cool bath -Have water balloon fights -Throw buckets of water at eachother
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• United States
26 Jul 11
Wow, I know how you feel down here in Florida it feels about 100 degrees as well. This weekend was horrible we went to the zoo, since my kids wanted to go and we were dying. Luckily for them, they have a small water park so they were able to cool of, but my hubby and I were dying. I don't know how many bottles of water we drank at every water fountain we would refill. I don't know how much of this heat I could actually take. Normally during the weekend we cool off at the pool and during the week their at school and my hubby and I are at work. For the kids and me it's not that bad since we are mostly indoor, but my husband mostly works outdoor and most of the time he comes home soaked in sweat and burned.
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• United States
22 Jul 11
There isn't much you can do to help with the heat. One very good thing, though, is drinking water, not just any drink, but water. Water will help keep you hydrated and will always help with you keeping cool, especially if you're sweating a lot. But also try going outside in shade, because if you don't have an a/c in your house that's working, inside your house is probably hotter then it is outside.
• United States
22 Jul 11
Actually outside is wayyyyyyyyy hotter than inside. It said in the paper that people are going to stores just for he air conditioning.
• United States
22 Jul 11
Wells seems like you have a lot of free time then to stay home XD Why not try going on a road trip of some sorts, sight seeing with your kids?
• United States
23 Jul 11
Yeah the money will be in issue in that case. We live out in the country so the nearest anything is about 30-35 minutes away. So that would suck on the gas since the prices are still climbing where I live.
• Canada
22 Jul 11
Ice cubes, popsicles, anything cold will help keep cool. Im indoors right now with the a/c on and I cant do any cleaning because its still too hot. You can go to the mall and then you can enjoy the a/c there but then when you get out and come home, it'll be worse for you. Keeping your feet in cold water might help also. Some study says that our body temperature is determined by the temperature on our elbows....so keep your elbows in cold, icy water.....you have nothing to lose!! Good luck and cheer up, they say it should be over next week.
• United States
24 Jul 11
Yeah that is the main reason why we are not going anywhere. I wont even use the ac in my car when we go to his grandpas because I do not want to spoil myself just for disappointment for the rest of the day I need to get to the store and get my kids some pop-cycles. They just got back from Florida and it is hotter here in Ohio