July is the hottest month of the year. Start taking these simple steps to help beat the heat:
• Open your house to the breeze after sunset and leave it open until dawn.
• In the early morning, draw the shades before the temperature starts to rise.
• To feel cooler, eat cooler. Reduce your protein intake and increase fluids.
• Avoid hot, caffeinated beverages, which are dehydrating.
See more tips on How to Survive Summer Heat, including heat safety tips and the Heat Index Chart.
Too much sun? To ease a sunburn, here are a few home remedies:
• For a mild sunburn, apply cider vinegar, witch hazel, or cold peppermint tea.
• Bathe a sunburned face in buttermilk. It’s great for the complexion, too.
• Add some black or green tea to your bathwater to soothe sunburned skin. Or pat sunburned skin with wet tea bags.
• Wear a hat!
See our new page on Sunburn Natural Remedies for many more soothing solutions!
• Who loves the Sun? Sunflowers! See how to grow.
• Check out our Recipe of the Week: Summer Corn Cakes
• July 15–25 are the best days to go fishing, based on the Moon.
At sunset, cut a sunflower while making a wish.
The wish will come true the next day. –folklore
The Summer Triangle dominates the eastern sky in the early evening. The Triangle is bounded by the dazzling stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega, all of which are 1st-magnitude or brighter.
See more highlights of the night sky and get our free printable sky map. See Sky Watch for July.
Come ye into the summer woods;
There entereth no annoy;
All greenly wave the chestnut leaves,
And the earth is full of joy.
–Mary Howitt (1799–1888)
What’s a Heat Wave?
In this short video, we answer a reader’s question: What do people really mean by a heat wave?
Great Almanac Giveaway
Check out this month’s prize:
A collection of Active Lifestyle Products worth $140 from the
Tender Corporation, Littleton, NH.