A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 TUESDAY EVENING
Our high today is expected to reach 98 with Heat Index Values reaching 105 – to 108 during the afternoon. These conditions could lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside, and if at all possible, re-schedule any strenuous activities for early morning or evening. To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke IS an emergency, so call 9-1-1.
Know the warning signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke ahead of time.
Warning signs include
- Throbbing headache.
- Dizziness and light-headedness.
- Lack of sweating despite the heat.
- Red, hot, and dry skin.
- Muscle weakness or cramps.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water; also it is important to check on friends and neighbors, especially the elderly and small children, as they’re the most susceptible to extreme heat.
If air-conditioning isn’t available in your home, try going to a public building such as a store or public library. Make sure your pets have a cool, shady place to stay and they have plenty of cool, fresh water to drink. And by all means, remember, children and pets should NEVER be left in a hot vehicle.
A Heat Advisory will remain in effect for Cherokee County through 9:00 tonight (Tuesday)
(Cherokee County EMA/National Weather Service)