Each year, we often experience a heated environment, especially when the Mother Nature provide an unusually hot weather for several days. Today, we often experience more days that are warmer than the previous years and for the next years or decades to come, we are expected to be bracing more days that are warmer in a certain season of the year. When we think of the Sun, it is no longer Mother Nature because the Sun's heat is already powerful enough to cause changes into our atmosphere.

The Sun is in the center of the Solar System. It is a single star system that are surrounded by numerous circulating planets around it. As a star, its heat is creating a system that enhances its planetary system to survive for many millions of years. However, the heat of the sun contains numerous chemical components that are no longer safe for the body to absorb it. In the end, our systems become vulnerable to health risks when we are exposed directly to the rays of the sun for several minutes or hours.
The bright sun in the sky with its rays above the palm tree
The sun's rays is responsible for causing heat in the Earth's surface
Hot weather: In rare occasions, there are days where the Sun unusually scorches that allow our environment to reach above normal temperatures. When we experience such temperatures, we always feel uncomfortable because our body is not usually adapted to an environment that is extremely hot. Living in an environment where there is a very high temperature will make your body that feel uncomfortable.

When we experience a hot weather, our body compromises itself by regulating the moisture inside the cells. There is a shift between the extracellular fluid to intra-cellular fluid so that it will conserve more water inside the body whenever there are instances of excessive exposure to heat. In the end, these reservoirs help the body to resist itself from the complications of heat related health risks that might impact our body whenever it will be exposed to hazardous heat in the long run.

Hot weather is considered to be a natural occurring phenomenon when the temperature is 2 or more degrees higher than the usual temperature. The heat index is referred on how we feel about the heat that is considerably higher than the actual temperature. This means that in every forecasted or measured daily temperature, the heat index is recorded to be warmer. Extreme heat may cause the land to be extremely dry that can potentially decrease the number of vegetations.

A crack in a dry soil with little vegetation
Intense heat causes the land to crack dry

Why we often experience hot weather

  • Heat island effect generates more heat because structures that are all made up of cement absorbs heat from the sun that makes urbanized areas to be hotter. 
  • When there is a ridge of high pressure affecting our area, there will be a hotter environment will be experienced and lasts for longer days for as long as the high-pressure area dissipates. 
  • Every summer season will cause half of the Earth's portion to be more exposed to the sun to receive more sunlight than the opposite side of the world. 
  • When we are situated in a region that receives less than the normal amount of rainfall, making landscape having a dryer environment. 
  • The absence of any ventilation will cause our environment to experience warmer or hotter temperature because there is no outlet that the heat can escape.
Remedies to protect your body from heat

1. Hydrate yourself more often: If you have enough water supply at home, don't hesitate to maximize it by drinking more than 10 glasses of water each day. Extreme heat causes your body to release more water that can cause rapid dehydration. Replenishing your body with more than the required daily intake of water prevents your body on suffering from dehydration. However, if you are already suffering from a serious heat-related condition, you should immediately go to the nearest health care institution for proper health care and management. 

2. Avoid direct sunlight exposure: Direct exposure from sunlight causes our body to suffer from heat exhaustion that will lead to generalized body fatigue. Prevent being exposed to direct heat between 10 in the morning up to 2 in the afternoon where the sun is at its peak during the day. Direct exposure to sunlight may cause cancer formation especially to our skin where it receive the highest radiation rate, especially when exposed in longer hours. 

3. Install ventilation: If indoors and still cannot bear the effects of the heat in our environment, using ventilation will help our body to prevent from heat-related exhaustion. This includes having an air-conditioned room or room that are installed with wall or ceiling fans. Ventilation makes indoors to help the heat being released from being trapped inside a certain closed environment. It allows air circulation inside your home that creates a cooling effect that counteracts the effects of heat. 

4. Install plants that can grow big: Plants are considered effective when it will be cultivated into your yard. They provide natural shading environment to prevent your back or front yard from being totally exposed from the direct heat of the sun. There are communities who are planting drought-resistant heat to prevent desertification process that can also reduce the number of areas affected by drought when either hot or dry season starts. 

5. Using humidifiers: These are devices that can lower down room temperatures by emitting droplets or vapor into the air that can absorb heat. Humidifiers can be placed anywhere inside the house that provides a more comfortable area for you to stay. Humidifiers can be also placed outdoors by creating artificial drizzle, which can absorb heat to counteract against the scorching sunlight during a sunny day with an excruciating sunlight. 

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