Heat Wave Settles Over the Region; Tips to Stay Safe
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jun 17 2014 9:45AM
A scorcher of a day ahead across the region.
Staying hydrated is key in these extreme temperatures. The average person needs to drink two to four glasses of water, juice or a sports drink every hour. Some of the signs of dehydration are headache, profuse sweating, extreme thirst, and even nausea or vomiting.
Extreme temperatures inside enclosed areas can rise quickly, so pets, kids and others should never be left unattended. Heat exhaustion is usually fixed by getting out of the heat and drinking fluids. Heat stroke, which can be cause by being in those enclosed hot areas can be very different. It's a medical emergency that can lead to unconsciousness or even death.
We could beat some pretty old record highs, before temperatures slowly cool down a little by Friday. An air quality alert is already in effect today: Code Orange for sensitive groups across northern Virginia. This includes the young the elderly and those with asthma, heart or lung ailments.