Our View: Sizzling summer brings concerns

Published 7:06 pm Saturday, July 20, 2019

Summer has started to sizzle.

This weekend Central Kentucky will see its hottest days so far this year, or at least it will feel that way.

Clark County is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday at 8 p.m.

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While the air temperature might be about 95 to 97 degrees, it’s going to feel a lot hotter. Some might even say the temperatures will feel “oppressive,” according to the National Weather Service.

According to NWS, heat indices ranging from 100 to 110 degrees will be possible each afternoon through Sunday.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously-hot temperatures will occur, the NWS warns.

Excessive heat can be dangerous and even deadly if the necessary precautions are not taken.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reports there have ben 94 heat-related deaths in Kentucky from 2009 to 2019.

According to Weather.gov, “During extremely hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness. It is important to know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.”

With excessive heat must come some extra precautions, especially if you work or have to spend time outside.

— When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

— Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Early signs include heavy sweating, weakness, fast or weak pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately.

— Drink plenty of water, stay in air-conditioning, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.

— Car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Never leave pets, children, or the elderly unattended in parked vehicles. The extended period of high heat and humidity can worsen the effects of heat stress.

— If you are able, bring your animals indoors to escape the heat. If animals must remain outside, make sure they have access to plenty of water and shade. Check on them often to ensure they are not becoming ill from the heat.