Ways to Stay Safe in the Heat Advisory

Several parts of Hampton Roads are under a heat advisory with temperatures  in the upper 90s with a couple of 100s possible.  The heat index will be between 105 and 111 degrees during peak heating.  You need to stay safe!
severe-tstorm-watch2The National Weather Service advises that you

  • Reschedule strenuous activity to early morning or evening
  • Stay indoors if possible
  • Wear light and loose fitting closing
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay in the shade if you must be outside
  • Wear sunscreen, and reapply it often
  • Allow yourself time to duck into a “cooling station” and cool off (most cities offer museum lobbies, public libraries, city offices and community centers to cool off if needed. Here’s a list of cooling facilties in Newport News)
  • Check on older relatives and neighbors

Signs of heat exhaustion or stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic include:

  • High body temperature (104 degrees or higher)
  • Altered mental state or behavior
  • Alteration in sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flushed skin
  • Rapid breathing
  • Racing heart rate
  • Headache

If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, call 911 immediately and move them to a cool place.

Keep an eye on the WAVY Weather Center for the current conditions and forecasts!