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Heat Alert for this Week in North Carolina: Heat Safety Tips

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“Expect dangerously high temperatures this week, ” the National Weather Service already warns people across North Carolina even though the summer didn’t officially start yet.


According to the weather service, the heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.


Temperatures themselves will reach the upper 90s, the weather service said.


And it’s not just North Carolina facing a scorcher all this week. The weather service forecast 90-degree weather for most of the southeast, from Virginia to Florida, though the Carolinas could still be the warmest.


Sunstroke, or heatstroke, is a medical emergency where the person’s body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. The person can become unconscious and needs emergency medical assistance. Heatstroke can be fatal, according to the weather service.


The temperature isn’t all you should be concerned about.


That heat is combined with ample moisture in the atmosphere, also could lead to multiple late-day thunderstorms. The strongest of those storms could bring damaging wind gusts, according to the weather service.


The air is polluted as well. The National Weather Service issued a “code orange” alert for air quality on Sunday for the Triad and the Charlotte metro area.


That means children, seniors and people with respiratory issues could have trouble and should limit their exertion outside.


Heat safety tips from us:

  • Use plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.
  • Gain more proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Dress openly. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Shorten your activities. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Spend more time in the shadows and in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment affords some protection.


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