Dangerous Heat Today
A heat advisory is effect until midnight tonight. Dangerous heat can be expected today and this evening for much of the region. Maximum temperatures in the mid 90s with a few locations seeing upper 90s, along with dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s. Heat index values will soar to at least 110 making this the hottest day so far this year. In this dangerous heat you should limit your outdoor activities to the early morning or late evening, and stay in an air-conditioned building. If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. A weak cold front will push through the area later tonight and Saturday, so temperatures will be a bit cooler.
Following are some simple safety tips that can help prevent heat related problems during this hot spell:
- Stay out of the sun. (Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation more difficult.)
- Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioning. If you do not have an air-conditioner, go to an air-conditioned public building, like a library.
- Slow down. (Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule physical activities for a cooler time of the day.)
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Do not drink any alcohol, including beer.
- Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothes. This will reflect the sunlight and heat.
- Eat smaller meals and less proteins.
- Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
- Heat Advisory: Heat Index at/above 100ºF
- Excessive Heat Warning: Heat Index at/above 105ºF and a minimum heat index at/above 75ºF for a 48-hour period; OR 4 consecutive days of Heat Advisory criteria
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