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Letter from Executive Director

As I was preparing this article for M4A’s website, I thought surely Alabama must be setting hot weather records this summer. Boy, was I wrong!

The hottest recorded temperature in Alabama was 112° F on September 6, 1925, in Centerville, Alabama. The hottest temperature recorded in the United States is 134° F on July 10, 1913, in Death Valley, California. Not only is 134° F the hottest recorded temperature in the United States, but also it is the hottest recorded world temperature.

As we continue to experience hot, humid weather in Alabama, let’s stay safe and remember the following:

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid beverages that are dehydrating like coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol.

Limit time outdoors. If you must be outside, then run errands or perform outdoor chores earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is not directly overhead. Also, if you must be outside, wear lightweight clothing made of natural, breathable fabrics and consider wearing a hat and sunglasses or using an umbrella. Please wear sunscreen, too. 😁

Know the signs of heat exhaustion. According to the CDC, the first signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness, nausea, irritability, muscle cramps, confusion, excessive sweating, high body temperature and excessive thirst.

If you are experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, then cool your body temperature asap, get out of the heat, rest and hydrate. Heat exhaustion if left untreated can become a heat stroke.

Some of the signs of a heat stroke are similar to those of heat exhaustion but signs also include slurred speech, seizures, and loss of consciousness. Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know exhibits signs of heat stroke.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Stay shady and hydrated.

Carolyn Fortner,
Executive Director