Phew, it’s hot outside.

July has arrived and brought high temperatures and humidity with it.

It’s great to be able to enjoy the sunshiny days – and it’s light until 9 p.m.! – but too much of this heat can be bad for your health.

Here are some tips from the Lexington Senior Center on how to enjoy the summer weather without letting it harm you:

* Stay hydrated generally aim to drink 6 8 glasses of water per day.

* Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing to stay cool.

* Be an early bird or a night owl if you have to go out in the summer, try to limit time outside to first thing in the morning and later in the evening.

* Check on your friends and neighbors!

Just this week, the Lexington Emergency Management warned residents to take extra precautions in hot temperatures as it activated its Phase 1 Heat Alert, which occurs when the thermometer climbs above 90 degrees.

While the alert is in place, Lexington residents are advised to drink plenty of water and to avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day.

The combination of heat and humidity could lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly, according to the city.

Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or visit the United Way of the Bluegrass website for locations of other shelters and other resources.

Emergency management can issue three heat alerts. The second phase is activated when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch and the third occurs when the weather services issues an Excessive Heat Warning that is expected to last at least three days. The alerts activate different responses from various services.