Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far — the forecast temperature is 94 degrees, but the heat index could go over 105, the National Weather Service said.
The weather service has issued its first heat advisory of the year, which will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday, meteorologist Matt Stalley said.
Temperatures will remain high this weekend but the air should get a little drier making it feel cooler outside starting Friday. The heat advisory will remain in effect as long as the heat index temperatures exceed 105, Stalley said.
Exercise caution when spending time outside during the next couple of days. Heat exhaustion and heat strokes are common on days with heat advisories but are easily preventable.
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Be mindful that heat can be dangerous, Stalley added. Here are tips from Medstar on how to stay safe during extra hot days like today.
- Hydrate: The more you are outside, the more water you should be drinking, especially if you’re engaging in a strenuous activity.
- Ventilate: If you can avoid going outside for long periods of time, you probably should. Stay in the air conditioning or keep windows open and use fans in order to stay cool.
- Cover up: Wear light-colored and loose fitting clothing to avoid trapping the sun’s heat and wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun. If you feel yourself getting too hot, remove the anything covering your head that can trap heat.
- Limit activity: if you must go outside, limit time spent doing strenuous activities. Medstar said heat stroke can occur in less than an hour, so make sure to drink water or sports drinks before, during and after strenuous activities outdoors.
- Check on loved ones: Call or visit any elderly friends or family to make sure they are staying cool and hydrated. Elderly can be the most vulnerable to heat-related problems.
- Kids and pets in hot cars: Never leave a child or pet in a hot car, even for a short time.
Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson