Avoid Heat Stroke as High Temperatures Continue
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – If you like the recent warm weather south-central Idaho has been having recently, you’ll enjoy the next several days.
Not everyone does so well in the heat, however, and anyone can become affected by a heat-related illness.
Temperatures are expected to reach into the high 90s on Friday and 100 degrees on Saturday in the Twin Falls area, according to the National Weather Service.
Look to the evenings for cooler temperatures. They're expected to dip into the low to mid-60s at night.
The forecast for Sunday calls for more sun with a high of about 94 degrees, and Monday with a high of 95. It's also expected there won't be a lot of cloud cover the next few days. The forecast calls for mostly clear skies, except for Saturday night, which might see a few that evening.
Tuesday and Wednesday might bring temperatures a few degrees cooler.
Keep Safe in the Sun
Make sure to stay hydrated – and that your children, grandparents, and pets do too – when out and about in the hot weather. Avoid being in extreme heat or direct sunlight for long periods of time.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those at most risk of heat stroke – which occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down – are infants, young children, people who are ill or on certain medications, and those older than 65 years.
Signs of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature; red, hot and dry skin with no sweating; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.
“If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency,” reads information by the CDC. “Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim.”
It is suggested that you:
- Get the victim to a shady area.
- Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can such as placing the person in a cool shower, spraying the victim with cool water from a garden hose, or sponging the person with cool water, to name a few.
- Monitor the person's body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops.
- If emergency crews are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
- Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.
- Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
A milder heat-related illness is called heat exhaustion, which “can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.”