Get through the 100 degree temps this week with our heat survival pack

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Get ready for some HOT weather Birmingham. (Bham Now)

The summer weather in Birmingham this year has been a scorcher! Temps are expected to rise to the 100s this week. Don’t panic just yet—we’ve put together a heat survival pack from local shops around The Magic City to help you brave the heat. Keep reading for the details.

1. Extra extra sunscreen.

The sun is going to be out and that means—extra sunscreen. Stop by Ritch’s Pharmacy to pick up a few additional bottles of suntan lotion to get you through the week. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends you look for broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF or higher. Check out expert tips you need to know for protecting your skin this summer.

2. Shop for accessories such as hats + sunglasses.

If you are going to venture out in the heat this week make sure to stop by Alabama Outdoors to pick up a hat and sunglasses. They have all the stylish options to help keep your face protected from the UV rays.

3. Keep hair ties accessible.

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Perfect for putting your hair up. (Bham Now)

Make sure when you leave the house, you have hair ties or rubber bands if you need to put your hair up. I know they are something I am always digging around for when the temps rise and you never know who might ask you for an extra. Can’t find any in your purse or car? Stop by the Pants Store or Ensley Beauty Supply to pick some up.

4. Don’t forget to drink water.

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Hydrate. (Giorgio Trovato / Unsplash)

Don’t forget to hydrate. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for how many cups of water your body needs to stay hydrated, Harvard Health suggests most people need about four to six cups of plain water each day.

Did you know that Birmingham has some of the cleanest water to drink in the nation? Learn how to stay hydrated this summer.

5. Have fans ready for you + your furry friends.

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Don’t forget about furry friends. (Bham Now)

Time to pull any extra fans out of closets. Think about your four-legged friends and how you can help them cool down when the heat reaches 100 degrees. If you are out and about consider bringing a hand-held fan with you for an additional cool breeze. Buy a fan today from the Little Hardware.

6. Grab a watermelon to snack on.

Nothing tastes better on a hot hot day then biting into a juicy watermelon. Piggly Wiggly is a great place to shop for the perfect watermelon. Absolutely love watermelon? Check out these watermelon dishes in Birmingham and learn how to pick the juiciest melon.

7. Bring a reusable water bottle with you.

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Don’t forget a water-bottle. (Bham Now)

Fill up a reusable water bottle when you leave your house. Keeping a water bottle with you will help you drink water and stay hydrated. Need a water bottle? Local stores you can pick one up from include:

8. Indulge in a refreshing treat.

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Cool and refreshing. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

The Magic City is full of delicious snow cones, milkshakes, ice cream, frozen cocktails and more. A frozen treat in the afternoon heat is a must. Check out all the places below where you can find something cool and delicious.

Want to learn more about how to beat the heat? Check out these resources:

What are your tips for getting through an Alabama summer? Tag @bhamnow on Instagram + Facebook and let us know!

Lauren Perry
Lauren Perry
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