Summer Heat Wave to Affect the Local Area This Weekend
This weekend, mother nature is turning up the heat with searing temperatures, but we've got you covered with the best ways to stay safe.
You knew it was only going to be a matter of time before we experienced our first major heat wave of the summer, and it's happening starting this weekend, and into the early part of next week.
The National Weather Service says a frontal system will push through our area on Friday night bringing in high pressure. That and a southern air flow will combine to kick up temperatures well into the 90's.
Greater Danbury, Dutchess and Putnam counties will see those 90 degree temperatures starting Saturday, and continuing through Tuesday, with the heat index making it feel like it's 100 or more in some locations, especially Sunday and Monday.
To be considered a heatwave, temps need to be at least 90 degrees or more for three consecutive days, and it looks like that's what we're in for.
According to ready.gov, here are some things you need to know to keep yourself safe during this heatwave.
First off, when the temperatures get this hot, your body has to work extra hard to keep your temperature normal, which can lead to heat stress, heat stroke, and even death. Summer heat has killed more people annually then any other weather related hazards.
Here are some bullet points on how to protect yourself:
- Stay in air conditioning when you can
- Avoid doing strenuous activities
- Wear clothing that is light, and also wear light colors
- Make sure to check on older family members and elderly neighbors
- Stay hydrated
- Watch for signs of heat stroke like an altered mental state, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, racing heart rate, and headache
- Never leave pets or people in a closed car
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, make sure to call 911 right away, or take the person to the nearest hospital. Cool down that person whatever way you can until medical personnel arrive.