Whether this is your first summer living in Houston or you’re a native, I think we’re all wondering the same thing: Why is it already so hot? Houston summers are brutal, but June is starting off unusually warm. So, what’s the deal and how can you protect yourself from the heat? Let me break it down.
Why is it SO hot?
The unrelenting heat stems from a dome of high pressure over Mexico that expanded into the Southern Plains, bringing the heat to Texas. This month is likely to be one of the hottest Junes on record EVER. During Houston summers, June temperatures usually average between 89 and 92 degrees. However, this month we’ve seen heat indexes climb, making it feel like it’s 110 degrees or more outside.
How long will this go on?
The brutal heat will likely continue into early July because forecasters expect the dome of high pressure to continue over the Southern Plains. Hot temperatures in the Southern Plains usually don’t let up in July either — unless a tropical system brings significant rainfall.
How can you protect yourself?
- Drink several glasses of water throughout the day. Don’t wait until you get thirsty or ready to exercise. Make sure you stay hydrated!
- Keep cool and stay inside with air-conditioning. If your air-conditioner isn’t working properly and you need a portable air-conditioner, contact Harris County Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301. You can also find a list of cooling centers here.
- Be careful with strenuous activity outside. Take breaks, wear loose and light-fitting clothes, and limit outdoor physical exercise to early morning or evenings.
- Don’t leave pets or children in your car. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise quickly and result in deadly consequences.
- Check on the elderly and other people with health conditions. Make sure they have proper air-conditioning inside their homes and that they’re staying hydrated.
- Eat lighter meals because hot and heavy meals add more heat to your body.
- Wear sunscreen and continue to reapply if you’re going to be out for long periods of time.