The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Heat Advisory from Tuesday July 15, 2014 through Wednesday July 16, 2014. High temperatures may range from 100 to 108 degrees in the afternoon, temperatures will be warmest between 1pm and 8pm each afternoon.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatues is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat related illness are possible.
The Washington State Department of Health has the following suggestions for staying cool in hot weather, as well as links to further information:
- Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
- Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
- Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing, sun block, and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cool shower immediately after coming in from the hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly or very young people.
- At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if you do not feel better.
For more information about protecting yourself during extreme temperatures, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html.