For the past week, Bill Evans has been telling me today will be the hottest day of the year. The real feel temperature will be between 100 to 105 degrees. Mmm steamy!

This is my first summer in New York as a commuter using public transportation. Here’s a few tips from me if you’re in a similar situation.

Go casual. Rock a sleeveless or short sleeved shirt, dress in light colors, and wear loose clothing. Tight is not right on hot, humid days like this.  I’m also a big fan of natural fibers like cotton in balmy weather.

Drink water. Lots and lots of water. In intense heat like this I walk with a water bottle wherever I go. Staying hydrated is a must.

Sunscreen. No one is exempt. Use it. It’s in some facial moisturizers or standalone. Walk into a Duane Reade and it should in a very visible place.

Before sunrise and after sunset. I’ve seen dedicated people exercising in extreme heat and I would wonder what crazy tree they fell out of that day. Fitness is of course important but falling out because you wanted to run in triple digit weather is nonsense. Please don’t.
Limit your physical activities before the sun rises and after it starts to set. Avoid strenuous activity when the sun is hottest (between 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m also known as rush hour).

Stay cool. Use fans or air conditioning to stay cool. The New York City Office of Emergency Management recommends a temperature no lower than 79 degrees. I don’t go by that recommendation but that temperature saves on energy costs and keeps you cool.

More tips from the city’s website are here.


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