Dangerous Heat Expected Today
The National Weather Service at Paducah is urging area residents to take precautions as today’s heat could be a killer.
While the “dog days” of summer generally fall in August, today’s heat will be nothing to blow off, as heat index values could climb as high as 108 this afternoon. Some relief is expected by Friday and the weekend, but that’s still a few hours away.
Residents are reminded to use caution if you must be outside for any length of time during the heat of the day, generally from noon until early evening. If you find that you are becoming over-heated take a break in air conditioning, if possible, at least in the shade and drink plenty of water. The heat affects individuals differently so pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you.
Hydration is the key, but adult beverages or drinks with lots of caffeine or not recommended to beat the heat; H2O..plain old water, or limited sports drinks will do the trick.
Signs that one may be experiencing heat exhaustion are; cool moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat; heavy sweating; faintness; dizziness; fatigue, weak, rapid pulse, low blood pressure upon standing and muscle cramps.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can also be accompanied with headaches, loss of appetite or feeling sick, and a high body temperature.
Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-realted illiness such as heat cramps or fainting. And it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat related problems.
Outside workers are reminded to take frequent breaks and drink lots of water.
Folks should also keep an eye on younger children as they won’t always be able to know or tell you their symptoms. And if you have older neighbors or family members, be sure and check on them during the heat.
The good news: showers and thunderstorms are expected to move in and cool temperatures back into the 80s by the coming work week.