The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the Spokane Area from Friday afternoon, June 25, 2021, through Tuesday evening, June 29, 2021! Dangerously hot conditions are predicted with “high temperatures in the 90s to near 100 Friday, 97 to 107 Saturday, 100 to 112 Sunday through Tuesday.”
Individuals at high risk include:
- People 65 years old and older
- Young children and infants
- People with preexisting medical conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease
- People who take certain medications, such as medications for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation
- People working or exercising in the heat
Here are some ways you can help your body in the heat and prevent life-threatening, heat-related illnesses:
- Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Choose light-weight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing. If you go outside, wear sunscreen as a sunburn will inhibit your body’s ability to keep cool.
- Pace yourself. Cut down and limit your activities. Get to a cool area or into the shade.
- Stay cool indoors. Try to remain indoors in an air-conditioned space. Take a cool shower or bath to help your body cool off.
- Limit outdoor activities especially during the hottest afternoon hours.
- Avoid hot and heavy meals as they add heat to your body.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Water is best! Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol and beverages that contain large amounts of sugar. Check with your physician if you are taking water pills.
- Replace the salts and minerals that your body sweats off. These electrolytes need to be replaced. A sports drink or rehydration drink can help.
- Monitor the weather forecasts for any updates and adjust your activities accordingly.
- Learn about heat-related illnesses. Know what to look for and what to do if you suspect a heat-related illness.
- Check on your neighbors, family and friends.
- Don’t forget about your pets. They need to stay cool and hydrated too!
For more information, visit the WA Department of Health website or the CDC website.