Heat Wave Building Into Early August. Learn How to Stay Healthy.
Heading into August, afternoon temperatures are forecast slightly above normal, with readings in the upper 90s up to around 102 degrees beginning this weekend. With a lack of widesrpead rainfall in recent days, the humidity has dropped, and this will tend to keep afternoon heat index values near or just below 105 degrees. That is good news, because your body is better able to cope with hot weather when the air is drier. Still, the stress of a heat wave often builds with time.
The longer the hot weather persists, the more likely it is that you will experience some form of heat stress. This is especially true for people with other health problems and those who do not have consistent access to air conditioning. Even perfectly healthy people often get into trouble when they push themselves too hard, such as when mowing the lawn.
It is best to perform strenuous outdoor activity in the early morning or late evening, while also remembering to take breaks and drink water.
Here are some important tips for remaining healthy through the summer:
Heat Safety Tips
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. Hats and umbrellas also help.
- Drink plenty of water. Carry water or juice with you and drink often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which dehydrate the body.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid large meals and avoid high-protein foods which raise your body temperature.
- Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity as much as possible. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the cooler time of day – early morning or late evening.
- Avoid sunburn. This further stresses and weakens the body, making you more susceptible to heat related illnesses.
- Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
- Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
- Never leave children or pets inside closed vehicles. The temperature inside can become deadly in a matter of minutes.
Did You Know ?
Records compiled by NOAA and the National Weather Service show that in the past ten years, Heat Waves killed more people annually than any other weather related hazard.