Record heat possible; tips for staying safe

- The potential for record heat is possible today and tomorrow in the District. Monday’s anticipated high of 95 degrees would tie a D.C. record last set in 2002. Tomorrow’s expected high is 95 degrees. But if we get to 96 on Tuesday, we would tie a record from 1954.

The heat index on Monday will be near 100 degrees in the metro area. The heat and humidity are teaming up to bring, not only uncomfortable temperatures, but possible life-threatening dangers.

Here is what you need to know to stay safe in the heatwave:

AIR QUALITY

CODE ORANGE: A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in place for MONDAY. This means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

COMMON HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES

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.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms:

- Feeling faint or dizzy

- Excessive Sweating

- Cool, pale, clammy skin

- Nausea or vomiting

- Rapid, weak pulse

- Muscle cramps

What to Do:

- Get to a cooler, air conditioned place

- Drink water if fully conscious

- Take a cool shower or use cold compresses

Heat Stroke Symptoms:

- Throbbing headache

- No sweating

- Body temperature above 103 degrees

- Red, hot , and dry skin

- Nausea or vomiting

- Rapid, strong pulse

- May lose consciousness

What to Do:

- CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY

- Take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives

It is important to know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.

More info online: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat-illness.shtml

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