TOMORROW: Partly cloudy, hot and steamy, scattered storms – strong to severe Highs: Low to mid 90s Wind: South 10-15 mph
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy, not as hot, spotty thundershowers Highs: Upper 80s
Temperatures typically reach a high of 87 degrees on June 26 in the area, according to data from the National Weather Service. The record high for the day is 101 degrees, set in 1952.
Rosethal suggests that if people have to go outside, drink plenty of water. On a normal day, they should drink six to eight glasses of water a day, but Wednesday calls for better hydration.
“In situations like these extremes of temperature where you’re loosing a lot of body water, sometimes without knowing it, I think it’s reasonable to increase that by 25 to 50 percent,” Rosenthal said.
Also, pass on sports drinks, he added.
“The ones that don’t contain caffeine are probably fine. They contain some electrolytes, which are useful, and those are fine, but any popular drinks that contain caffeine and needless to say, any drinks that contain alcohol, are really not good for you in hot weather,” Rosenthal said.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, with hundreds of deaths each year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The organization offers the following heat safety tips:
Slow down. Avoid strenuous activities that occur outdoors.
Dress for the weather. Put on lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Spend time in air-conditioned places. If you can’t afford air conditioning, go to a library, store or community center for part of the day.
Avoid the sun. Put of sunscreen and avoid sunburn as it reduces the body’s ability to dissipate heat.