After all the rain and thunderstorms last week, it's nice to see the sun and 90 degrees this week.  And we know 100 isn't far off.  Summer in Texas is great for hanging out at pools and lakes, but there are things to watch out for too.  Here's our big heads up.

A dermatologist told me once that because I'm so fair-skinned she wants me to wear sunscreen at work.  I reminded her I have an inside job, and she said, "I don't care, put it on.  Even if you're just sitting by the window cuz that sun will get you even if there's glass in the way."

OK, thanks for pointing out how pigment-challenged I am.  But it made me think too about the sun beating down on my head through the moon roof in the car, and wondering about what other second-hand blasts of sun I might be getting.  Do you feel your scalp get hot while you're driving?  It's hard to get sunscreen in there, but a hat might be good.

Skin cancer is no joke.  The American Cancer Society says it's the most common form of cancer in the US, and millions will be diagnosed with it this year.  Texas heat makes us feel like we're closer to the sun, and we've got to not wimp out about lathering on the sunscreen.  It could save our lives, and it smells coconutty, like a nice happy hour drink.  Bonus.

Other hazards of summer in Texas:

-- We break a sweat between the car and the front doors of the grocery store.

-- We get burns on the backs of our legs because all the shaded parking spots were taken and the car seats soaked up nuclear energy while we were away.

-- All those plants that just had a big drink of water with the rains will start to get crispy because we forget that they need water more than once a year.

-- Ice cream melts faster than we can eat it, so we end up sucking it out of the dish with a straw.

-- Bugs!  Mosquitoes, wasps, and other annoying flyers love us more this time of year than other.

It will be sunny and around 91 all the way through at least Saturday in Lufkin, and we know July and August will be at least 10 degrees hotter. Ready for October yet?

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