Coming close to record highs and handling the heat this early in the year
Get ready for the heat.
A heat wave is classified as having three or more consecutive days hitting 90 or above. Since we haven't experienced a heat wave so far this season, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit how to handle this heat:
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics and will dehydrate you.
- Wear lightweight loose fitting clothes. A dark color will absorb more of the sun's wavelengths, and therefore make you hotter! A light-colored shirt like white will reflect more wavelengths and keep you slightly cooler.
- If it's too hot for your house, head to a public area like the mall, library, or go to see a movie at the theater and cool off.
- Stay inside during the hottest part of the day (10:00 am-4:00 pm), and limit time in the sun.
- Wear sunscreen
- Power outages are common during heatwaves because the need for A/C puts too much pressure on power grids. A standby generator is useful to prevent food and medicine from spoiling.
- Remember, pets need adequate shade and water outside in this heat. Remember to fill up their water bowl more often than usual.
- Make sure children and pets are not left or locked in hot cars.
While we're not in a Heat Watch or an Excessive Heat Warning, these 90-degree temperatures have come early. It's going to come close to record highs the next 31 days!
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Saturday's record high is 93, set in 1962. The forecast Saturday is 90.
Sunday's record high is 92, set in 1962. The forecast Sunday is 91.
Monday's record high is 91, set in 1881. The forecast Sunday is 90.
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