It will feel like 100 degrees today as a combination of high temperatures and increasing humidity deliver an oppressive punch to anyone working or playing outside.
The mercury is expected to climb to 96 degrees as humidity levels hit 62 percent, prompting a Heat Advisory to be issued for parts of the region from noon to 8 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory for Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks counties as well as parts of South Jersey.
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.
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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.