With temperatures in the mid-90’s and high humidity expected, a heat advisory has been issued for the Philadelphia area from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Officials with the National Weather Service say the combined high temperatures and humidity will create a situation where heat illnesses are possible.
Elderly people, those with chronic medical conditions, people taking medications, those with a mental illness, pregnant women, small children and those who work in a high heat environment are the most at risk in extreme heat.
Here are some tips on dealing with the heat:
- Avoid playing or working in the sun and other hot areas as much as possible
- If you have to work in the sun, wear a head covering
- Use air conditioners and fans
- Open windows to release trapped hot air
- If you’re taking regular medication, consult with your physician as some medications cause an adverse reaction in hot weather
- Wear lightweight clothing
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids to avoid dehydration
- Maintain a normal diet
- Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature
- Don’t leave older people, children or pets alone in cars
Early signs of heat stress include decreased energy, a slight loss of appetite and nausea. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, go to a cool environment, drink fluids, remove excessive clothing and rest.
Serious signs of heat stress include unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, staggering and difficulty breathing.
If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure you get medical attention immediately. Also be sure to move to a cool area, remove excess clothing and have someone spray you with water while waiting.