Northland Peeps! Don't blink or you'll miss it! Summer officially starts NOW! Most Minnesotans are familiar with hypothermia; NOT TODAY! Instead of parkas and snow storms, we're finally entering the brief season when the elements are our friends... SUMMER! 

Here are a few tips to stay cool and safe during our short, sizzling summer season.

Submerse Yourself in Water


Whether it's a pool, one of our 10,000 lakes, or a water park, taking a dip will help keep you cool while having fun. (Be sure to use proper flotation devices based on skill levels.) Baths and showers are refreshing too!

Stay Hydrated!

Replenish electrolytes
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It's CRUCIAL to hydrate during these hot summer days. Water is a great way to do this. It's beneficial to plan ahead. If the forecast is telling us that we're in for a scorcher, start hydrating a day or two before the heat arrives. This gives you an upper hand in avoiding dehydration or heat exhaustion.

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Choose Cool Foods!


Who needs a reason to eat ice cream? We don't! When then the day starts to blaze, eating popsicles, gelato, or cold salads is a great way to help keep you cool from the inside.

Avoid Alcohol!

Janet Koelling

Enjoying a cool, frosty beverage on a hot summer day can be so enjoyable. However, as the heat index rises, alcohol can have adverse effects. Alcohol dehydrates us and can put us at a higher risk of heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. This brings new meaning to the phrase "Drink Responsibly"!

Crank the A/C!


There are many places to plop down and just STAY COOL. If you don't have an air conditioning unit in your home, a fan can also help. Consider finding a movie theater, restaurant, or other public place to get your cool on.

Also, consider whether or not you should be running your air conditioner when there is an air quality alert like we've seen recently from Canadian wildfire smoke.

Always Remember...

It's always important to check on our elderly friends and neighbors during a heat wave; pets too. And last but not least, remember the sunscreen!

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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