10 Ways the Weather Can Really Affect Your Body

Gloomy weather boosts our brain, helping us to focus and think more deeply, psychologists say. Our memory works better on cloudy and rainy days than sunny ones. Perhaps on bright days, we’re too busy being happy.

1. Your limbs might get swollen.

On extremely hot and humid days, your body can have problems cooling itself down. Normally, it directs warm blood toward the skin’s surface where it cools by sweating. But in hot temperatures, the sweat doesn’t vaporize, so instead, fluid gathers in your limbs, making them swell up.

  • What to do: Cool off by other means, like a fan or dehumidifier. After a few days, your body will get used to the hot weather and the swelling will go away.

2. You can have a higher risk of a heart attack.

Extreme weather can put a strain on your heart. Cold temps make your heart work harder to keep your body warm yet it causes blood vessels to constrict and decrease oxygen delivery to the heart itself. This mismatch of supply and demand may end dramatically in a heart attack or stroke. The same also applies to wind and snow, according to research.

  • What to do: Avoid overexertion — don’t physically overwork and overheat.

3. Your skin might be displeased.

As the weather cools, the air gets less moist, which can be seen through our skin. It becomes dry, cracked, and itchy, sometimes aggravating pre-existing conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Strong winds can also impair the skin’s protective lipid barrier, causing bleeding.

  • What to do: Use moisturizers and sunscreen and avoid long, hot showers since they remove natural oils your skin produces.