If you haven't noticed, July has been the hottest month ever in the history of mankind!

Girl suffering a heatstroke refreshing with a fan

With that in mind, there are some misconceptions about dehydration that need to be addressed to keep you safe these crazy hot SWLA summer days.

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Five Things You Should Know About Dehydration:

  1. Besides dehydration's most apparent symptoms of thirst, other common symptoms are headaches, dark urine, muscle cramps, and dry skin.
  2. Make sure you hydrate, even days before, when you know you're going to be outside for an extended period of time on a hot day.  Because dehydration doesn't necessarily occur at the moment you're in the face-melting SWLA heat, it could happen hours or days later.
  3. It doesn't need to be hot outside. This SWLA humidity also plays a role. When it's muggy outside you're going to sweat, even if temperatures aren't that high.
  4. Everyone's body is different, with that said, it's a best practice to drink 8 or more glasses of water a day. Factors like your weight, how active you are, and how much coffee and alcohol you drink all play a role in dehydration.
  5. You need a mix of water and electrolytes to stay hydrated, which you can get from sports thirst quencher drinks, coconut water, dairy, or even the salt in your food.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.


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