Originally Posted by aprildawn
Well, darn, now I wonder too. Maybe they're reported on more because extreme heat waves are rare in the north so it seems like more deaths happen even though more deaths actually happen in the south?? Seriously, when I hear about them I wonder if those people realize how much water they need to consume to stay healthy in the heat, esp if they are outside and/or exercising. Sorta like you and the layers. No, I don't know how to layer properly because we don't need to do that here. I just sent my 5 yr old to Chicago for the weekend with her grandparents. I had no idea how to pack her for that trip. On the flip-side, if you're not used to the heat I can see how it would be easy to overheat quickly. I spent two months in Kenya back in college. I lived out in the bush doing aid work, no a/c. When I got home (June) it was in the 100s, but the heat didn't bother me because I was used to it.
I am thinking availability of air conditioning is going to be a major factor, and perhaps the stats break down along economic lines. (As usual, kwim?) Was it two years ago where all of those elderly people died in france? And it was partially blamed on lack of AC.
I layer because I have to work in there. If I wear a big puffy coat, I can't move well. So, I do my longjohns, jeans, top, sweater, coat, hat- I love a hat, and work gloves, depending. Then I peel off as I work. A child in playing outside now in Chicago probably needs a long john shirt, another shirt, maybe a T-neck over, leggings or tights, pants, snow pants (my youngest dd likes to wear long johns and tights, no pants under her snowpants), jacket that is not too puffy so they can move, warm socks, boots. . You can add a fleece vest, if needed. Sometimes layers , the vest, a neck gator, and a hat will do fine. It depends on wind and what you're doing. I am sure loving grandparents will keep her toasty.
ETA-- Your Kenya story reminded me of my college roomie who spent 8 months in India, including the entire summer. She said she learned early on to avoid AC as the heat felt unbearable after spending time in AC buildings. Staying away from AC helped her emotionaly and physically handle the heat better...or so she said.