Excessive Heat Warning In Effect

NEW YORK      Surging heat and humidity continue to grip the Tri-State area as part of a stretch of sweltering temperatures that will linger through the end of the week.

An excessive heat warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.

Sunday has been another scorcher with highs reaching the upper 90s, and the humidity making it feel more like 105 degrees in some spots.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

Know the signs of heat-related illness and the ways to respond to it:

  • HEAT CRAMPS
    • Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs
    • Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.

  • HEAT EXHAUSTION
    • Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, or fainting
    • Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
  • HEAT STROKE
    • Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; or unconsciousness
    • Actions: Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.
    • Eliminate extra sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.
    • Don’t eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.
      • Drink lots of cold water. Do not wait until you feel thirsty.
    • Source: WABC, Medicine.net, GifterInGotham

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