Is it hot enough for you? If the answer is no, you're in luck, as temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 90s tomorrow and Friday. In response, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch as high temperatures in the watch area are expected to range from 95 to 100 degrees, combined with high dew points, a heat index up to around 105 degrees is anticipated. The most critical period each day will be from about noon to about 8 p.m.
Excessive heat to this extent occurs infrequently in this area, causing the population to be somewhat more vulnerable than the populations in many other locations to the south and southwest.
The NWS reminds residents that excessive heat can be a silent killer, especially in urban areas. It is recommended that preparedness actions be undertaken to mitigate the impact on those required to work outside and vulnerable segments of the population such as the elderly, young children and those with existing health conditions that could be seriously exacerbated by the heat.
The Rhode Island Department of Health offered the following precautions:
- Whenever possible, schedule outdoor events (public gatherings, sporting events) early in the morning when it’s cooler and the air quality is better.
- Drink plenty of fluids. (Avoid alcohol and caffeine.)
- Wear light-colored, light-weight clothing. Use hats with brims and sunscreen for more protection.
- Elderly, small children and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable to the heat. Call and check on friends, family and neighbors.
- Anyone showing signs of heat stroke (altered mental state, not sweating, nausea) should seek medical attention immediately.
“It is important that we all use caution and common sense during extreme heat,” said Director of Health Michael Fine. “As a community we need to be particularly aware of those who are most at risk.”
Stay out of the direct sun. Seek shaded or air conditioned areas such as libraries or malls. A regularly updated list of cooling centers is available here or by calling 222-5960/RI Relay 711, 462-3000, or 462-4444. .
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