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Tips to Stay Cool During the Excessive Heat Wave

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For those of you who were wondering when summer REALLY was going to come, be careful what you wish for.

The National Weather Service has issued a an excessive heat warning starting at noon for Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties.

 

Overall temperatures will reach in the mid 90′s, some areas could reach 100-105 degrees.

 

A normal heat wave usually lasts up to three days, this particular heat wave could last five days!

 

Here are some tips to stay cool this week, according to the Health Department and NBC 10:

  • Avoid working or playing in the hot sun or other hot areas
  • If you must be out in the sun, wear a head covering
  • Use air conditioners and fans
  • Open windows to release trapped hot air
  • Consult with your physician if you’re taking regular medication. Some medications cause an adverse reaction to hot weather
  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, warm or cool
  • Maintain a normal diet
  • Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature
  • Don’t leave older people, children or pets alone in cars

Early Warning Signs of Heat Stress:

  • Slight loss of appetite
  • Faintness
  • Light-headedness and nausea

If you experience these symptoms, go to a cool environment, drink fluids, remove excess clothing and rest.

Serious Signs of Heat Stress:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dry skin
  • Chest pain
  • Mental confusion
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Staggering
  • Difficulty breathing

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