How can one live in a city for thirty-one years and never get used to the heat? Short of going outside naked or not going out at all, it's a great time of year, and with that comes a great responsibility.
When you can walk outside in the morning before the sun rises and sweat within five minutes, you're not in hell, at least that isn't yet confirmed. It's hard to be fly and sexy when you're sweating thru your clothes. I was with one of my older brothers recently, and his car has a key-start, so he can get the a/c blowing before hopping-in. It's all worth it living down here, you need any advantage you can get.
We have curtains on every window in our home. It brings good vibes to open windows and let the daylight in, but when you let-in daylight, it brings its friends namely heat and humidity, those unwelcome guests.
Good thing in this city there are several utility companies that compete in this market because people are always looking for the best deal. We've changed providers as often as we learn about a great new offer, not loyal to any one in particular, especially when you can save thirty, maybe fifty dollars every month. You don't want to overpay to stay cool, especially if your home is two floors or you live on a higher floor in your building.
Call me nuts, but I've survived three years without a/c in my last truck I owned. I spared no expense fixing everything else on my truck (when I could). You can call this part of my training program, when you burn calories even while driving, and get burned in the process. I recommend this only to my enemies.
Having to stay hydrated with a little more urgency than those without Sickle Cell disease, I've probably drank more water than I've swam in over my lifetime, and I love swimming in lakes, pools, bathtubs, anywhere. Some folks reach for the coldest water they can take which isn't the best idea, as the cold temperature, they think, cools them down. What really happens when you drink cold water is a few things.
First, your body has a difficult time breaking down fats. Cold slows down the flow of molecules, and when molecules are immobile, it's usually because they're at a temperature that limits their ability to be broken down. So, if you're hot, you need your blood to flow and you need your body to process any excess inflammation and fluid as to keep your organs functioning at their best. That's why our bodies run at about 98.6 degrees (Fahrenheit), so that our blood vessels can remain open allowing more cells, fluids and oxygen to flow with ease. These are a few details on the matter, more can be found here.
So, as you get ready to go camping, traveling outdoors, or just doing you and exercising outdoors, there are several things to keep in mind to combat this heat. If you have pets, it's best to keep them indoors, not just in the shade, because the heat will evaporate any water you leave out, and it will draw on the energies and fluids within the body leading to an array of problems we have to make sure don't befall any of us.
By all means, enjoy the summer. Just make sure that you're ready for battle when it comes to this heat.