No doubt: It’s a bad drought

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No doubt: It’s a bad drought

Southwest Colorado counties declared disaster areas
Mother Nature is holding back on rain, but Donnie Waters with the city of Durango Parks and Recreation Department delivers a shower as he tests the sprinkler system Tuesday at Schneider Park. The city of Durango’s water supply hasn’t yet alarmed city officials.
Baxter Moore, 10, enjoys the cooling waters of the sprinkler park Wednesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center’s Aquatic Center. He took part in a field trip of the Durango Day Camp.
Tubers draw a crowd Tuesday afternoon as they pass below the footbridge over the Animas River at Rotary Park. The National Weather Service sees no relief in sight for the hot temperatures in Southwest Colorado.
Exercise advice: Keep it cool

With outdoor temperatures predicted to be higher than normal this summer in Southwest Colorado, it may be wise to take precautions. Heatstroke, defined as a body temperature greater than 104 degrees, is a serious summertime issue.
Exercise and an elevated outdoor temperature combine to increase your core body temperature. The body pumps more blood to cool itself, which increases the heart rate, pushing your body temperature even higher.
Warning signs include muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness and headaches.
But the best plan is to not mess with heatstroke. Here are tips for preventing the body from overheating, particularly when exercising:
Drink more fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, and avoid alcohol and drinks high in sugar content.
Get acclimated. As your body adapts to the heat during the course of a couple weeks, gradually increase the length and intensity of workouts.
Avoid midday sun. In the morning or evening, it’s cooler outside, and trees provide more shade when the sun is lower.
Try an indoor workout. The local gym or recreation center isn’t as scenic as being outside, but it’s a lot cooler at 2 p.m.
Take a cool shower or bath. Or cool off the Durango way – take a float or dunk in the Animas River.
Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Don’t leave anyone, or any pet, in a closed, parked vehicle.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No doubt: It’s a bad drought

Mother Nature is holding back on rain, but Donnie Waters with the city of Durango Parks and Recreation Department delivers a shower as he tests the sprinkler system Tuesday at Schneider Park. The city of Durango’s water supply hasn’t yet alarmed city officials.
Baxter Moore, 10, enjoys the cooling waters of the sprinkler park Wednesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center’s Aquatic Center. He took part in a field trip of the Durango Day Camp.
Tubers draw a crowd Tuesday afternoon as they pass below the footbridge over the Animas River at Rotary Park. The National Weather Service sees no relief in sight for the hot temperatures in Southwest Colorado.
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