The Accu Weather predictions for May 2016, for Chennai indicates that the barometer will begin the month at a high of 36.6 degrees Celsius and continues to stay at this level until May 12th and 13th when the temperatures are expected to shoot further up to 39 degrees Celsius. It then drops down to 36 degrees Celsius but once again on May 23rd hits another high of 39 degrees Celsius.

Most inhabitants of Chennai, may have ploughed through several hot summers and this year is going to be no exception. Most of you may be aware of the precautions to take to avoid dehydration, heat stroke and other summer ailments. Here are a few more tips to stay cool this scorching summer.

The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

    • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
    • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
    • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library-even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
    • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
    • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Also Read: Getting ready for Summer – Let’s beat the heat

    • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

–  Infants and young children

–  People aged 65 or older

–  People who have a mental illness

–  Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

If you must be out in the heat:

    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

Also Read: Summer foods that keep you cool

  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).