Don’t go outside without water. Stay in the shade. Or, remember there’s a reason God and Willis Carrier invented air conditioning and stay inside with the cool.
Because outside in South Florida it’s forecast feel like 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) Sunday.
The National Weather Service’s forecast expects a high base temperature of 91 degrees, but a heat index of 100 with a relative humidity of 56 percent. And that’s just a warm up for Monday, expected to peak at 90 degrees base temperature, 101 heat index with 62 percent humidity.
And the UV index on the beaches today is “extreme.” That means, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, “extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Take all precautions because unprotected skin and eyes can burn in minutes.”
Suggestions for dealing with “extreme” UV index, from the EPA website:
▪ Try to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
▪ If outdoors, seek shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
▪ Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
▪ Watch out for bright surfaces, like sand and water, which reflect UV and increase exposure.