Boston Under a Heat Advisory; Here Are the Signs of Heat Stroke
Boston and surrounding areas are under a "heat advisory" today and tomorrow.
Just exactly what IS a Heat Advisory? According to WCVB-TV, a heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected for a period of time. The combination of high temps and humidity will create a situation where illness is possible, so the report recommends the following:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay in the air conditioning
- Stay out of the sunshine
- Check up on relatives and neighbors to make sure they are cool and safe.
- Re-schedule, if possible, outdoor activities.
Early signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke according to WebMD:
- A core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Red, hot and dry skin
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation or staggering
Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.