Take precautions during the high temperatures. File photo

Take precautions during hot temperatures

Update:

The heat advisory has now been upgraded to an excessive heat warning today, Wednesday, Aug. 2.

According to the National Weather Service, “An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. This may lead to a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

The excessive heat warning is in effect through 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. There is also potential for thunderstorms in the area today.

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Stay cool and hydrated and know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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A heat advisory is now in effect from 11 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 1 through 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

With temperatures in the 100s, with Wednesday, Aug. 2 expected as the hottest day, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions, according to the National Weather Service.

For Lassen County residents, the high temperatures bring an increased risk for heat-related illnesses, especially to those who are sensitive to heat, and those without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration.

Locals should avoid being outside during the day if possible, especially on Wednesday.

Those working or spending time outside should take extra precautions.

Strenuous outside time should be rescheduled for mornings and evenings. Lightweight clothing should be worn, and locals should drink plenty of water.

The National Weather Service also noted that young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles, since car interiors can reach lethal temperatures quickly.

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Anyone overheated should be moved to a cool, shaded located.

 

Symptoms of heat stroke

  • – Absence pf sweating
  • – Pulsating headache
  • – Hot, red, dry skin
  • – High body temperature, above 103
  • – Nausea or vomiting
  • – Strong, rapid pulse
  • – Confusion
  • – Convulsions
  • – May lose consciousness

Treatment: Call 911, and take action to cool the affected by any means: place them in a cool area, wrap them in a wet towel or sponge them with cool water.

 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion

  • – Faint or dizzy
  • – Headache
  • – Profuse sweating
  • – Irritability
  • – Weak, rapid pulse
  • – Shallow breathing
  • – Pale, cool, clammy skin
  • – Nausea or vomiting
  • – Muscle cramps

Treatment: Have the affected person lie down in a cool, shaded area or an air-conditioned area. If conscious, they should drink water, apply a cold compress and use caution when they stand.