What’s Wet Bulb Globe Temperature? How Does It Effect Us In Shreveport?
If you've never heard of the term, 'Wet Bulb Globe Temperature,' you're not alone. However, if you live in Louisiana, it's something you should know about!
What is Wet Bulb Globe Temperature?
Wet Bulb Globe Temperature is defined by National Weather Service as, 'a measure of the heat stress in direct sunlight, which takes into account: temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover (solar radiation). This differs from the heat index, which takes into consideration temperature and humidity and is calculated for shady areas.' In simpler terms, Wet Bulb Globe Temperature tells us how long we can stay outside safely in direct sunlight when Mother Nature keeps trying to boil us alive.
Here's how Wet Bulb Globe Temperature breaks down recommendations for outside activity during excessively hot weather conditions.
How can I find out what the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature is for Shreveport, LA?
It's pretty easy, actually. If you want to find out what the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature is in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, all you have to do is click here. Let's take a look at the Wet Bulb Globe Temps so far for August 2023.
Tuesday, August 1, 2023: 116.4
Wednesday, August 2, 2023: 116.7
Thursday, August 3, 2023: 117
Friday, August 4, 2023: 116.8
Saturday, August 5, 2023: 117
Sunday, August 6, 2023: 116.7
Thinking back over the last week here in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA and how hot it's been, that data certainly puts things in perspective.
What are the top things you can do to beat the heat?
1. Stay Hydrated - The CDC recommends drinking anywhere from 16 - 32 ounces of cool water for every hour you spend in the heat.
2. Find Some Shade - Whether you find a tree or bring along an umbrella or a pop-up tent, shade makes a huge difference. Of course, a cabana boy fanning you with a large palm leaf would be good, too!
3. Take a Dip - Is there anything more refreshing than taking a swim during the summer? Whether it's a pool, lake, or even running through the sprinkler, it'll cool you down fast. Just make sure to wear sunscreen!
4. Try to Avoid Peak Heat - If you can schedule your activity for the morning before the full heat of the day or when the sun is finally going down, do it! And don't forget to make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise.
5. Wet Towels - Keep damp towels in a cooler or even better, freeze paper towels and take them with you. When you get hot, apply these to your neck and wrists. You'll instantly feel much cooler. And if you can find it, try Florida Water. We used this during travel ball and it really works! A spray bottle filled with chilled water is nice, too!
6. Choose Lightweight, Light-Colored, Loose Fitting Clothing - Trust me on this, darker colors get hotter faster and you certainly don't want to be caught wearing a wool blend in 90+ degree heat. Opt for breathable cotton fabrics that fit loosely and allow your body room to breathe and regulate its temperature.
7. Chill Your Lotions - You'll thank me for this one. There's nothing more soothing than smoothing on some nice cool sunscreen or try chilled aloe vera gel if you've already spent too much time in the sun!
8. Wear a Hat - Don't wear just any hat though... I've found that a close-fitting baseball cap only makes me hotter. You want to find something with a wide enough brim that will protect your face, neck, and ears so you don't get a sunburn!
9. Pace Yourself - If you're working or playing outside in the heat and you're not used to it, make sure you limit your time outdoors. Later, as you become acclimated, you can increase your time in the heat.
10. Take a Drive - Even if you don't have A/C in your vehicle, roll your windows down and enjoy the breeze!