25 Jun 2019
There’s a joke about Florida actually having four seasons; Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas (similar to the North’s seasons; Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Highway Construction). Heat indices in Southwest Florida have been well over 100 degrees recently, with actual temperatures not much cooler.
Sanibel Holiday wants you to enjoy the sun, sand and shells of the islands, but we also want you to take care not to fall victim to the elements. While temperatures are cooler on the beach with the seabreeze than further inland on the islands or the mainland, we all share the same level of ultraviolet radiation. In the summertime, UV levels quickly reach extremes, so be sure to have plenty of sunscreen (the higher SPF, the better). There are some stores that actually sell clothes with SPF ratings. Make sure that any clothing you wear outdoors is light and loose-fitting.
The hottest part of the day is usually between 1 and 4 pm, so be sure to avoid doing anything strenuous (running, biking, etc.) during these times. You don’t have to do it all in one day…that’s what tomorrow (or a return trip) is for. The more you sweat, the more you’re at risk for heat exhaustion, so seek cooler or shaded locations (beach umbrellas or tents) or just take a break and head indoors). Bill Murray said, “The best sunscreen is inside the bar” (though we’d prefer a pool bar). And if you STOP sweating, seek treatment immediately, as you may be experiencing heat stroke.
It goes without saying that you should stay hydrated. Avoid caffeinated drinks like soda pop or coffee (including iced coffee or cold brew) and alcoholic beverages when out in the sun and heat. These will dehydrate you further and put you at greater risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Be sure to monitor local news and weather forecasts for heat advisories and severe thunderstorm alerts.