After that freezing winter we had this year, it was music to our ears to hear weather forecasters predicting a hotter than normal summer, especially in Southern Ontario.  Still, as they say, too much of a good thing…well, can be a bad thing!

With temperatures rising above 30C degrees and humidity increasing the heat, keeping cool is not only mood-enhancing, it can be life saving.

So, before we start seeing signs of heat-related illness (i.e., rapid breathing and heartbeat, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, extreme thirst, decreased urination), let’s be proactive about keeping our cool.

Drink plenty to hydrate.  The non-alcoholic kind of beverages of course—alcohol just dehydrates the body.  The old H20 works the best!

Avoid strenuous activities.  The silver lining to this sweltering weather?  It gives you a good excuse not to go for that run!  Especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light coloured clothing.  That black tight T-shirt may make you look cool, but it will certainly not make you feel cool.  Black colour attracts sun rays, and the fabric clinging to your body will make you sweat even more.

Soak the body.  Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on the face, neck and arms, when you feel your body temperature rising.

Of course the most fun way to soak the body is swimming.  Luckily, Mississauga has many outdoor pools and splash pads where you and your family can keep cool while enjoying the outdoors despite the intense heat.

Check these out:
Mississauga’s outdoor swimming pools:  Click here.
Mississauga’s splash pads:  Click here

If you want a bigger pond to immerse your body in, there are parks in Mississauga that offer a beach and the waters of Lake Ontario to cool you down.

Make sure you check the Lake Ontario water quality posts before venturing into the water full monty.  Still, even if the water quality is dubious, just being by the lake, dipping your feet or walking in the water will do wonders, cooling-wise.

Jack Darling Park:  Located at 1180 Lakeshore Road West, this park has a spacious beach front area with a splash pad.

Richard’s Memorial Park:  This park is located south of Lakeshore Road and east of Lorne Park Estates, and offers 170m of beach.

Lakefront Promenade Park:  Located at Lakeshore Road East, east of Cawthra Road, this park has a beach front with a natural body of water.  The swimming area is inland but fed by Lake Ontario.

It’s not much fun staying inside during hot summer days with air-conditioning working overtime.  With the right prep and spending outdoor time at these cooling Mississauga spots, we can safely enjoy this summer’s heat!