100 Degrees With A Breeze
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 By Amy McMillan
If you’re feeling more than a little claustrophobic from being indoors in any air-conditioned space you can find, but find it all but impossible to be outdoors the current heat wave, consider this: an entirely unscientific, absolutely informal “study” has found that the temperature of the shaded shorelines of Genesee County Parks on Mott Lake, Byram Lake, Buell Lake, and the Holloway Reservoir is about 5 degrees lower in many cities and neighborhoods throughout the County where the concrete and asphalt from sidewalks and streets soaks up and holds onto the near-record-breaking heat.
Driving to and from work, from park to park down highways, city streets, and primary roads, I notice that the gauge on my car that keeps track of the temperature outside drops conspicuously the closer I get to one of these refreshing waterways. While I definitely don’t enjoy this downward trend in temperatures during the winter, I appreciate it beyond measure any time the mercury rises above 85 degrees. When the temperature hits 90 and the heat index rockets toward 100 degrees, that 5 degree drop, combined with any breeze blowing off the water makes me want to break into song.
Even in the relative “cool” of the Genesee County Parks, it’s still incredibly important to follow some important guidelines to staying healthy in the heat: drink lots of water, stay in the shade whenever possible, and know your limits when it comes to physical activity.