Monday Jun 18 2012
Locals hit the pool, water to get relief from heat
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Are there more scorchers forecasted for Auburn?
Summer doesn?t officially start until Wednesday, but with triple digit days over the weekend, locals say they are already looking for ways to beat the heat. Some say they headed out of town in search of cooler horizons, while local lifeguards say they take many precautions to stay safe in the sun. Doctors say it is often difficult to spot signs of dehydration until it?s too late, so prevention is the key. A little relief from the scorching heat may be on its way in Auburn later this week, though, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service Sacramento. Splashing to stay cool Leisa Mayer took her four children Tildnn, 9, Escher, 7, Serelia, 5, and Fenley, 2, to swim lessons at the Sierra Pool Monday afternoon. She said being near water helps to keep the family cool, but traveling to the Bay Area helped them escape the heat altogether last weekend. ?We play in the yard and play in the water,? Mayer said. ?This weekend we went to Muir Woods and Muir Beach. It was like 60 and when we left it was 53. It was beautiful.? Marti Mitchell brought her great granddaughter Irie Jones to the pool for swim lessons, too. Air-conditioning improved her vacation during the heat wave. ?This past weekend I happened to be in Fernley, Nev. We stayed in the car and drove around,? Mitchell said. When it got too hot, she said they refreshed by putting on wet towels and drinking plenty of water. Staying cool is something Camille Hardy, 24, has become well-versed in. The swim instructor and lifeguard for the Auburn Recreation District said she takes advantage of her location near the water to keep from getting too hot. ?Every half hour we get a 15 minute break, so that gives us a little more energy,? Hardy said. ?(I) take a dip in the pool here and there just to cool off. Splash fights with the kids are always fun.? She said the Sierra Pool at Recreation Park was packed with people over the weekend. ?It was a nice warm day, so people were looking to cool off at the pool,? Hardy said. Michael Kesler, a lifeguard, 16, and student at Del Oro High School, said he fills up a large water jug to bring with him on his shifts at the pool. ?If you don?t get enough water intake or food, you can tend to get dehydrated at times,? Kesler said. ?It?s something you have to look out for.? Bodies lose extra moisture on hot days Dr. Mark Vaughan, of the Auburn Medical Group, a Sutter independent physician, said it?s something people should be aware of long before dehydration or heat exhaustion set in. ?The problem is you don?t really get the signs until it?s already there,? Vaughan said. ?You are a bit behind the eight ball to catch up if you wait for signs and symptoms occur. You can actually get sick without knowing it.? Vaughan said changes in behavior are one indication that someone is becoming dehydrated. Other heat-induced conditions include heat cramps and heat stroke. Prevention for all of these conditions is to drink plenty of water throughout the day and well before strenuous activity and to stay in the shade or air-conditioning. Vaughan said Stanford University guidelines recommend 2 to 4 liters of water a day, depending on activity level. More importantly, he said is to pay attention to what kind of feedback the body is giving. He said he would much rather see people with healthy functioning kidneys drink enough liquid for their urine to be clear than a prescribed amount. Sweating isn?t the only way people lose moisture on especially hot days. ?We lose more moisture through evaporation off of our skin, much more than you even know is going on, much more than you can sense,? Vaughan said. He said about a liter of water an hour would hydrate a person without overloading their body. He said plain water is the preferred source of hydration because it is absorbed more efficiently than drinks with other additives. Electrolytes are easily restored through a meal after activity, rather than sports drinks, he added. ?The idea that you need electrolytes or salt or Gatorade is highly overemphasized,? Vaughan said. Completing activity in the heat is also better saved for early morning or later in the evening. Meteorologist weighs in on heat wave Stefanie Henry, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said several factors contributed to the high temperatures, but relief is predicted to be on its way. ?We had some northerly and northeasterly winds and strong high pressure, and when that happens it cuts off any onshore flow we might have to cool us down,? Henry said. ?We were able to climb up to the 100s for most areas over the weekend.? She said they are predicting Auburn will see temperatures in the mid 90s for Wednesday, with a cool down beginning Thursday and into the weekend. Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.