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What do you do to keep cool?

What do you do to keep cool?
Cooling off in Kent, by YouNews contributor cshaulis

With our first summer heat wave upon us, I want to know what do you do to stay cool? Many homes, including mine, do not have air conditioning, and sometimes just having an armada of fans just doesn't do the trick.

Some things I have tried:

  • Soaking feet in a cold bath or shower.
  • Using a water spray bottle and just give yourself a coating of mist, then sit under a ceiling fan, but it's pretty temporary, especially when it's so dry out.
  • Putting a wet washcloth or napkin across the back of your neck.

I have also read that putting a slice of cold cucumber on your forehead works wonders, but I have yet to try it. And as you might remember, I am in the rain fan camp, so I am usually quite uncomfortable when it gets over 80 and thus I'll take any advice! Post yours in the comments below.

And just how hot is it? Seattle was at 82 as of noon, while Shelton was at 83, Bellingham was at 81, and the coast? On broil: Hoquiam checked in at 85 degrees while Forks was baking at 87 degrees, breaking their record high of the day of 80 just after 10 a.m. That's thanks to a hot east wind coming off the Olympic Mountains.

It was cooking to the south as well, with Vancouver, Washington at 89 degrees.

But believe it or not, that was quite chilly compared to what it was 140 years ago today. UW Research Meteorologist Mark Albright found that on July 7, 1870, the recorded temperature in Seattle at 2 p.m. was a whopping 100 degrees!

(They kept three temperature records back then -- 7 a.m., 2 p.m., and 9 p.m, so we don't know the actual high temperature of the day. This was taken at Lake Washington before the official records began being kept at the Downtown Federal Building in 1872, and we're not sure if the thermometers were as accurate or the data was recorded with the same consistent standards we apply today, but nonetheless, it was a scorcher!)

You can see the full version of the original chart from 1870 here.