Heat is relentless but then so are we


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By Reggie Ponder

Sunday, July 21, 2019

It’s hot.

You know that already, of course.

But it has to be awfully hot before I start remarking about how hot it is.

Over the years I have surprised many, and probably infuriated a few, by acknowledging that I don’t really mind the scorching heat and dripping humidity of our summers here in northeastern North Carolina.

Yes, it gets hot, I say. But this is North Carolina, after all. And it’s eastern North Carolina, I add. It does get hot here.

I don’t mind heat nearly as much as cold. Cold seems to go right down to my bones and make me question whether I should have bothered getting out of bed.

Heat, on the other hand, can get to be a bit much at times but it also reminds me of everything else I love about summer.

When we get into these “dangerous heat warning” days, as they are called in the various extreme weather advisories we have been seeing this week, I do pause and wonder whether I might get too hot.

As I have thought about the need to mow the grass this afternoon, for instance, I have contemplated waiting until later in the day as the sun starts to go down a bit.

At the same time, I have considered that waiting until later in the day probably increases the danger of being caught in a thunderstorm and not getting it done.

Most likely I will just try to take frequent breaks and drink lots of water.

In fact, drinking water and taking breaks seem to be the two most common pieces of advice you hear for dealing with the heat.

Although most of us are probably OK as long we are careful to stay dehydrated, this kind of heat can be dangerous for those who have other health challenges or are especially susceptible to heat-related exhaustion or sickness.

I hope you stay safe, whatever you decide to do this weekend.

It sounds like sometime next week we may get a slight break from the heat.

All of us will probably consider that a welcome relief.

By next weekend we might even have something else on our minds other than how hot is.

In the meantime, though, it’s hot.

But you already knew that.

Take care, stay cool the best way you can, and drink plenty of water.

It might also be a good idea to check on your neighbors if they are elderly, or live alone.

We’ll get through this together.

Together is always the best way to face any challenge.

Fifty years ago it was landing a man on the moon.

Today we have a new set of challenges.

But together we’ll be OK because we’ll remind each other to stay hydrated and make sure we’re doing other things we need to do.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.

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