High Temperatures, Humidity Today Could Lead To Heat-Related Illness

Jul 10, 2019

Sun Over a Lake
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A heat advisory is in effect from noon to 7 today.  The highest heat index in southwest Missouri is expected to be 107.

According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

You should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. you can, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing.

If you have to work outdoors today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

And you should know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness and weakness, dizziness or fainting, headache and nausea or vomiting.  Symptoms of heat stroke, which can be life threatening, include extremely high body temperature; red, hot and dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion and unconsciousness.  Call 911 if you think someone is suffering a heat stroke.