How to Stay Cool in Vermont

Man feeling overheated on walk with a water bottle

Stay cool this summer in Vermont with these tips.

Summers in Vermont are getting hotter. As temperatures climb, heat-related illnesses are more of a risk, so it’s important to know how to stay cool. Here are some of our coolest tips:

Stay Indoors 

  • Indoor air conditioning (AC) is the best relief for days of extreme heat
    • If your home does not have AC, consider spending time at a public place that does have AC, like a designated cooling site, library, community center, shopping center, or coffee shop
  • Plan outdoor activities for early in the day or later in the evening when it’s cooler
    • Try to avoid exercising outside during extreme heat, especially midday

Cool down with water

  • Drink more water than usual to stay hydrated
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Go for a swim in a Vermont lake, pond, river, or public pool
  • Set up a sprinkler or inflatable pool in your yard

What you wear matters

  • Wear light, loose, breathable clothing 
  • Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for shade
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside
    • Sunscreen helps to keep your body cool by protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays
    • The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher 
    • Be sure to reapply when necessary and check for expiration dates

Stock up on cool treats

  • Raw fruits and vegetables like cucumbers and watermelon help you cool down and stay hydrated
  • Treat yourself to a creemee or another frozen treat
  • For some do it yourself (DIY) fun, try homemade popsicles or smoothies!
  • Try to avoid using the oven and go for cold meals like sandwiches and salads instead

Once you’ve cooled down, it might be a good time to check in with your neighbors, friends, and family (furry ones too!) to make sure they’re also keeping cool.