BALTIMORE - Heading to the Inauguration Ceremony or a parade on Monday? ABC2 Meteorologist Lynette Charles says that high temperatures should be around 37 for the festivities . There is even a chance of snow in the afternoon.
Make sure you’re prepared to face the elements with these tips from Dr. Amit Kalaria, Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
Dress in layers – The inside layer should wick moisture away from the skin. The middle layer should insulate. The outer layer should keep the elements out, like wind or rain.
Wear a hat and mittens or gloves – Your body heat escapes from exposed areas. Cover up your fingers to protect from frostbite. Mittens are actually preferred, because your fingers can share warmth.
Wear sunscreen and lip balm – Protect your skin and lips from UV rays, even if it’s cloudy. (It’s not expected to rain, but remember, umbrellas are not allowed at the inauguration for security reasons. Wear ponchos or rain coats.)
Dr. Kalaria also says to remember to stay well-hydrated and think about bringing snacks or light meals. Heavy meals need more blood flow for digestion, making it harder for your body to circulate blood to your toes and fingers.
Also, take extra care with infants, young children, the elderly or anyone with a weakened immune system and watch out for potential frostbite or hypothermia.
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