A Heat Advisory Is In Effect Until 8:00PM Sunday, July 24
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
706 AM EDT Sunday, July 24, 2011
A Heat Advisory Remains In Effect Until 800 PM.
Very Hot And Humid Conditions Are Expected For This Afternoon As Temperatures Rise Well Into The 90s. Heat Index Values...Near 105 In Southern New Jersey.
A Heat Advisory Means That A Period Of Very Hot And Humid Conditions Is Expected. Avoid Spending Much Time Out Of Doors During The Heat Of The Day. Try To Stay In An Air Conditioned Location. Be Sure To Keep Hydrated. Check On Elderly Relatives And Neighbors.
See To It That Pets Have Access To A Shaded And Well Ventilated Area Along With Plenty Of Cool Water. Bring Them Into An Air Conditioned Environment, If Possible.
Take Extra Precautions If You Work Or Spend Time Outside. When Possible, Reschedule Strenuous Activities For The Early Morning Or Late Evening. Know The Signs And Symptoms Of Heat Exhaustion And Heat Stroke. Wear Light Weight And Loose Fitting Clothing And Drink Plenty Of Water.
To Reduce Your Risk While Working Outdoors, The Occupational Safety And Health Administration Recommends Scheduling Frequent Rest Breaks In A Shaded Or Air Conditioned Environment. Anyone Overcome By Heat Should Be Moved To A Cool And Shaded Location.
Heat Stroke Is An Emergency - Call 9 1 1.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Headache, dizziness, or fainting
- Weakness and wet skin
- Irritability or confusion
- Thirst, nausea, or vomiting
What Should I Do If I Think I Have Heat Exhaustion?
If you think you have heat exhaustion, get out of the heat quickly. Rest in a building that has air-conditioning. If you can't get inside, find a cool, shady place. Drink plenty of water or other fluids. Do NOT drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks (such as soda). These can make heat exhaustion worse. Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool water to your skin. Take off any tight or unnecessary clothing.
If you do not feel better within 30 minutes, you should contact your doctor. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can progress to heatstroke.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- High fever (104°F or higher)
- Severe headache
- Dizziness and feeling light-headed
- A flushed or red appearance to the skin
- Lack of sweating
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Fast heartbeat
- Fast breathing
- Feeling confused, anxious or disoriented
Heatstroke is when the internal temperature of the body reaches 104°F. It can happen when your body gets too hot during strenuous exercise or when exposed to very hot temperatures, or it can happen after heat exhaustion isn't properly treated. Heatstroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. Heatstroke can cause damage to your organs and brain. In extreme cases, it can kill you.
What Should I Do If I Think Someone Has Heatstroke?
If you think someone might have heatstroke, call emergency medical personnel immediately. While you are waiting for medical assistance, take the person into an air-conditioned building or a cool, shady place. Remove the person's unnecessary clothing to help cool him or her down. Try to fan air over the person while wetting the skin with water. You can also apply ice packs to the person's armpits, groin, neck and back. These areas contain a lot of blood vessels close the surface of the skin. Cooling them with ice packs can help the person cool down.