By Christian Sosa ’20
There are many reasons to dislike the heat ranging from the obvious such as the surplus of insect and bug populations during the summer to the simple yet all-encompassing fact that even sleeping comfortably is a chore to perform during the summer.
While the summer does have its perks, it doesn’t excuse the fact that simple, daily chores and activities can become unpleasant( if not more so) to perform and, in some aspects, harder if not dangerous during the summer due to several risks that are present because of said heat.
The Severe Risks of the Heat During Summer
There is an array of heat-related illnesses that can range from being a mild inconvenience to potentially life-threatening, which is also dependent on the level of activity, temperature, age, and other factors. If proper precautions are taken you can become the victim of illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the deadly heatstroke.
While unpleasant and a bit painful, the symptoms of heat cramps are usually muscle spasms/cramps, which is caused by dehydration, lack of sodium, and/or lack of electrolytes. Heat exhaustion can result in symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. and usually it occurs from dehydration or lack of sodium in the body. While heat exhaustion is not as severe as heat stroke, if not properly treated it can lead to heatstroke, which can lead to organ damage, including the brain, and/or lead to death.
The all-encompassing issues of the heat
While not as severe nor as important as the possible illnesses someone could get from the heat, these issues are just about all-encompassing and affect everyone in one way or another.
Of course, the obvious issue is the boom in the insect and bug populations that occur during the summer, which is trivial but extremely annoying. One common but hated insect that comes out during the summer is the mosquito, biting at your legs and arms while taking your blood and leaving you with nothing but an extremely itchy bite.
There’s also the issue of trying to do just about anything during the summer. Going to school, especially for us because of the uniform we wear, becomes all the more so hassling. Even sleeping, enjoyed by all, becomes a chore because of the heat making it difficult to be comfortable.
I’m sure we’ve all also had the issue of trying to enjoy food or maybe a nice ice cream during the hot summer days only to be interrupted by the fact that either a yellow jacket or a fly starts hovering near your food, which (while trivial) can be extremely annoying since flys and yellow jackets tend to frequent the trash.
While the heat does have its benefits and pros like not having to wear jackets that make one look like Grimace or the Michelin man, it doesn’t take from the fact that the heat still makes a lot of things annoying, if not more so, and can make performing certain activities dangerous due to risk of heat-related illnesses.
All in all, everyone has differing opinions on the heat and it’s a matter of personal preference when it comes to these sorts of topics.