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Dangerous heat continues

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A heat advisory is effective until 9PM Saturday for central Alabama and until 9PM Sunday for west Alabama.

Temperatures will range from the middle 90s to near 100 degrees.

Higher humidity will create feels like temperatures to range from 102 degrees to 108 degrees especially between the hours of 11AM-6PM.

Hot and humid conditions will elevate the risk of heat stress and heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Be sure to wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce the risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency and you should call 911 if symptoms set in.

According to WebMD, the most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it's essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can't get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.
Other recommended strategies include:
  • Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).
  • Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.
After you've recovered from heat exhaustion, you'll probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following week. So it's best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until your doctor tells you that it's safe to resume your normal activities.
Here are some additional safety tips:
  • Avoid strenuous activity during peak heating.
  • If you don't have A.C. then keep rooms well ventilated and consider going to a public pool, air conditioned building, or a cooling center.
  • Stay well hydrated and avoid heavy means and drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
  • Protect the face and head, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on neighbors (elderly especially), friends and family to make sure they have a cool shelter.
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked vehicle.
  • Ensure pets have a cool shelter and plenty of water.
Brief heat relief is possible this Saturday afternoon in the form of isolated showers and storms. The greatest chance for development is along and especially east of I-65. At the least, afternoon clouds may provide some shade and if you get under one of the showers or storms, the rain should cool down the temperature though humidity will remain high.
Excessive heat finally shifts westward by Monday and highs will be closer to normal with readings in the lower 90s instead of the upper 90s.
 
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