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Beating the Heat

July 21, 2011

The meterologists say most of the country is getting pummeled by a heatwave, but I can personally certify that the Philly streets are punishingly hot. Triple-digit highs and oppressive humidity. In fact, right now we’re on par with DC and worse than Houston, two epic swamp cities. And it’s supposed stay this severe for at least the next few days.

When things get this drastic, the first concern is safety: make sure you know the basics of spotting and treating heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you have to go outside, be sure to stay in the shade and hydrate as much as possible. Also check out this local cool-down guide, with listings of frozen treats and places with good A/C or watersports. And maybe treat yourself with one of several Philly-themed gelati, sorbets, sundaes and beers available locally as part of the “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” campaign by Visit Philly. Stay cool, folks!

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