National Weather Service Extends Heat Advisory Through Tuesday Night

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BOSTON – The National Weather Service has extended the heat advisory that went into effect last week through Tuesday, August 9 until 8 p.m.

The heat index values could reach as high as 103 degrees.

A Heat Advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions.

The general rule of thumb for this Advisory is when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 100° or higher for at least 2 days, and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

Temperatures on Monday will be a high of 95 degrees. There will be some wind – southwest about 5 to 10 miles per hour with some gusts as high as 20 mph.

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5 p.m.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 103. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday will be partly sunny with a high temperature again around 95 degrees.

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1 and 3 p.m. then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3 p.m. too.

Heat index values as high as 101. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Over the next couple of days individuals should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Possible muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

First Aid:

  • Move person to a cooler environment
  • Lay person down and loosen clothing
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible
  • Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
  • Offer sips of water
  • If person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

Heat Stroke

Symptoms:

  • Altered mental state
  • One or more of the following symptons: throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
  • Body temperature above 103°F
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Faints, loses consciousness

First Aid:

  • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.
  • Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment.
  • Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath.
  • Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can make you hotter at higher temperatures.
  • Do NOT give fluids

Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. call 9-1-1.

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