Now this is more like July.
But take it easy today.
Now this is more like July.
But take it easy today. The National Weather Service has posted a heat advisory for this afternoon and evening in anticipation of the heat index exceeding 100 degrees, enough to suggest health precautions.
Stay out of the sun as much as possible, drink plenty of water, find at least a couple of hours in air-conditioned space, and during the hottest part of the day avoid strenuous outdoor work such as mowing the lawn, authorities advise.
“It is important that these warnings be taken seriously so that our citizens can protect themselves from the effects of extreme heat and humidity,” Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders said in a press release. “I urge everyone to take any precaution necessary to stay safe during these dangerous conditions and encourage our citizens to check on their friends and neighbors.”
Citizens who need to find a cooling center or other resources during this advisory are encouraged to call United Way at 211 or visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at:
Today’s heat could be followed by thunderstorms this evening, although those are likely to be more concentrated in northeastern Kansas and northern Missouri. Then it’s expected to cool off a few degrees for a couple of days.
Heat is a leading cause of weather-related deaths. About 175 deaths nationwide are directly attributed to heat each year, but the Weather Service adds, “No one can know how many more deaths are advanced by heat-wave weather – how many diseased or aging hearts surrender that under better conditions would have continued functioning.”
So officials have a list of suggestions and precautions for getting through days like today:
• Cars can reach lethal temperatures in just a few minutes. Don’t leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even for a minute.
• Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, and avoid sugary beverages, too.
• Slow down and take it easy. Put off strenouous outdoor activities for a couple of days, or least do them during the cooler parts of the day, generally in the early morning. Stay in the coolest place available – even if that’s not indoors. But try to spend more time in air-conditioned places.
• Dress and eat for the weather. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, which reflects sunlight. Heavier foods, such as protein, increase metabolic heat production and increase the body’s loss of water.
• Don’t take salt tablets unless a physician tells you to.
• Avoid sunburn. It makes it harder for the body to shed heat.
It’s also important to keep an eye out for symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Page 2 of 2 - Heat exhaustion is characterized by heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. The pulse if thready, although a normal temperature is possible. The victim may faint or vomit.
Get the person out of the sun. Have the victim lie down, and loosen his clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan the person or get him into an air-conditioned room. Give sips of water, but stop if there’s nausea . If vomiting continues, get medical attention immediately.
Heat stroke is even worse. There’s a high body temperature – 106 degrees or higher. The skin is hot and dry, and the pulse is strong and rapid. The victim might pass out.
It’s a severe medical emergency. Delay can be deadly. Get the person to a hospital or call for medical help. Get the victim into a cooler place, and use a cold bath or sponses to lower the body temperature. The Weather Service adds: “Use extreme caution. Remove clothing, use fans and air conditioners. If temperature rises again, repeat process. Do not give fluids. Persons on salt restrictive diets should consult a physician before increasing their salt intake.”
Today’s heat advisories extend far beyond the metro area, covering western Missouri, central and eastern Kansas and parts of southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. The National Weather Service's Eastern Jackson County forecast:
• Mostly sunny today. High near 95. Heat index values as high as 103. Winds of the south-southwest wind at 10 to 18 mph, gusting as high as 26 mph. There’s a 50 percent chance of thundershowers tonight. Low around 75.
• A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms lasts into Wednesday. High near 90; heat index values as high as 96. Overnight low around 66.
• Cooler Thursday, and no rain for a few days. High of 85 and a low of 67, followed by 88/69 Friday, 90/69 Saturday and 88/69 Sunday.