It's Still Hot; How Do You Stay Cool?

We've got tips on how to stay cool.


Every year, we can expect a little heat wave sometime after Labor Day and before November. Well, it's here.

Boy it's hot.

The temperature in Los Altos was already 100 degrees Fahrenheit by 3 p.m., Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

What to do? 

Days like this make us long for a dip, but Los Altos hasn't had a community pool for decades. Neighboring Mountain View's two public pools—Eagle and Rengstorff—already closed for free public swimming on Labor Day.

Here are some more tips.

To avoid heat-related illnesses, the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services recommends people visit local cooling stations, We don't really have any, but, we have great public spaces.

You could repair to the Los Altos Library, where it's cool and you can tell the kids they need to get some edification—and study time under their belt. Not a bad idea. 

If you need other ideas on how to stay cool, the county suggests the following:

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol or caffeine
  • Stay in air-conditioned structures
  • Take cold showers or baths
  • Cool children down with cold water or a moist towelette, not alcohol
  • Don't wrap babies in blankets
  • Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing
  • Wear hat or use umbrella to keep sun off your face
  • Don't leave pets in car
  • Avoid physical activity during the peak heat/sunlight hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And why not treat yourself? Head downtown afterwards and hang out at Baskin Robbins, or Miyo Frozen Yogurt

South Los Altans, don't forget there's Carvel Ice Cream at Foothill Crossing. Or get thee to Rancho, where Wildberry has delicious frozen yogurt.


Do you have other ideas? Is it a great reason to eat more ice cream? Share your suggestions in the comments below!


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