Try­ing to beat the heat

The Compass - - NEWS - Melissa Jenk­ins is a reporter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass news­pa­per in Car­bon­ear. She can be reached at Melissa.jenk­

If you left your home at all last week, chances are you felt the scorch­ing hu­mid­ity that en­gulfed much of our province.

The heat was in­tense. So in­tense, in fact, it broke provin­cial records.

Many adults in shorts and san­dals, in­clud­ing some men with­out shirts, could be seen walk­ing across the beach in Car­bon­ear ev­ery­day, hop­ing to get a gust of cool air off the ocean.

Chil­dren wear­ing only swimwear en­tered air-con­di­tioned places like the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Square shop­ping cen­tre or a lo­cal con­ve­nience store to stay cool, while their par­ents picked up pop­si­cles or a cool drink.

Lo­cal swim­ming holes and beaches were the place to be when the tem­per­a­tures hit the mid-30s (with the hu­midex), while some par­ents opted for the old fash­ioned sprin­kler to cool their chil­dren off.

But whi le many were find­ing ways to beat the heat, oth­ers were com­plain­ing about the con­stant beads of sweat drip­ping down their faces, necks and backs, not to men­tion the frizzy hair that comes along with it.

“It’s too hot,” was a com­mon phrase ut­tered all over the re­gion, but one not o f t en said in this province.

In March and April of each year, thou­sands of peo­ple pay thou­sands of dol­lars to take a plane thou­sands of kilo­me­tres to sit on a beach, drink­ing pina co­ladas in the same in­tense heat. So why is it so dif­fer­ent here?

Many New­found­lan­ders are not ac­cus­tomed to this type of heat.

It is one thing to pre­pare to go on a trip down south, build up a base tan at a so­lar­ium to avoid burn­ing and hav­ing frozen drinks pre­pared reg­u­larly to keep cool. It is another to get over­whelmed with un­ex­pected heat, get­ting sun­burned from 10 min­utes out­doors and the con­stant need to keep hy­drated. Also, some just like to com­plain. OK, so not every­one is a com­plainer. But chances are, those who are pub­licly blast­ing this heat have likely com­plained about the bit­ter cold last win­ter.

In­stead of com­plain­ing, why not em­brace it. It won’t be around much longer, and be­fore we know it it’ll be -25 again, three feet of snow on the ground and peo­ple will be com­plain­ing about snow clear­ing.

Still be­lieve it’s too hot? Here are a few easy so­lu­tions:

1. Make a home­made fan. All it takes is a piece of pa­per, folded like an ac­cor­dion. Ta-da, you have a fan.

2. Keep plenty of flu­ids in the fridge and ice cubes and frozen treats in the freezer. How about some ice cream to beat the heat? Yes, please.

3. Get a sprin­kler or a few wa­ter guns. And at a few bucks at the dol­lar store, they are worth the in­vest­ment.

4. And fi­nally, stop com­plain­ing. No one likes a neg­a­tive Nel­lie, es­pe­cially your next-door neigh­bour who owns that big pool you can see from your back­yard.

So, try and en­joy the heat while it lasts. We’ll be wish­ing for it in another four months.

“It’s too hot,” was a com­mon phrase ut­tered all over the re­gion, but one not of­ten said

in this province.

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