Surviving the Texas Heat

By: Breanne Muldrow Email
By: Breanne Muldrow Email

According to climate data, August is known as the hottest month of the year. However, that's not stopping Brazos Valley residents from being exposed to the sun. The dangerous Texas heat is sending many to the hospital with heat-related illnesses after participating in outdoor activities.

Dr. Joe Kraft with the College Station Medical Center said one of the reasons Texans get so hot is because of the humidity.

The heat, paired with the humidity, decreases the body's ability to cool off properly. When a body can’t cool off, the core body temperature rises making a person feel sick.

Dr. Kraft says wearing loose and light colored clothing will help cool you down. Dr. Kraft also says if wearing long-sleeved clothing might also help to beat the heat, “What it does is it keeps the sun off of you so it keeps you protected from the sun. It also keeps a lot of the heat off of you as well. It still allows you to evaporate that sweat off of you to cool your body.”

He also states that drinking plenty of water and keeping hydrated is key to not suffer a heat-related illness.

Dr. Kraft mentioned how important it is to make sure children have access to plenty of water and sunblock while playing outside.


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