Take precaution in extreme heat
Published 8:30 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019
If you’ve been outside in the last few days, this isn’t breaking news, but it’s hot outside. Unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse.
The National Weather Service expects temperatures to be in the high 90s for the next week or so, and there’s currently no rain in the forecast. Temperatures are expected to reach 95 degrees on Friday and the high will remain at least that hot for the following five days.
When the weather gets really hot, the people at the highest risk are those 65 and older, as well as children younger than two years old. If you have an elderly neighbor, it’s nice to check on them and make sure they are staying cool.
If you don’t have air conditioning, experts recommend going to the library, mall or other public areas that are open and cool. The Center for Disease Control identifies air conditioning as the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
It’s recommended that anyone — even young and healthy people — limit outdoor activities when the temperature reaches that high. Stay out of the heat during the hottest parts of the day — around 2 p.m. — and wear sunscreen.
If you’re working outside, the CDC recommends starting activities slowly and then pick up the pace. Experts also recommend drinking extra fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
It’s never a good idea to leave a pet in a car, but during these temperatures it’s even more important. And although it should go without saying, never leave young children in a car unattended, especially with temperatures near 100 degrees.
It’s going to be extremely hot outside — even hot for the South — and we recommend taking precaution.