Heat Advisory in Effect for the Heartland
By: John Dissauer
By: John Dissauer
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A Heat Advisory is in effect for the Heartland. Afternoon temperatures will top out in the middle to upper 90's Monday. When you factor that in with the very humid air mass that sits over the Midwest, peak heat indices will top out between 100° and 108°. (The Heat Index is the feel like temperature.)
The Heat Advisory remains in effect through Tuesday evening.
Temperatures will continue to hover in the middle to upper 90's through much of the upcoming week. It might be possible for the air temperature to hit 100° Thursday. Stay tuned!
Heat Safety Tips
Slow down... 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.
Dress for summer... Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
Put less fuel on your inner fires... Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids... Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, (2) are on fluid restrictive diets, or (3) have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages...
Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician... Persons on salt restrictive diets should consult a physician before increasing their salt intake.
Spend more time 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.
Don't get too much sun... Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.