Heat advisory to remain in effect until Thursday night

Published 4:27 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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The sweltering heat doesn’t seem like it will be going anywhere for a while. The US National Weather Service in Birmingham reported that temperatures for the rest of the week will be in the triple digits. Heat index values for Wednesday and Thursday could reach up to 105-108 degrees. The current heat advisory will last through 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.

The impacts of prolonged exposure to such intense heat can increase the risk of heat related illnesses such as heat stroke. Be prepared to take frequent breaks and keep plenty of water on hand. Do not leave people or pets unattended in vehicles, and take extra precautions if you are working or spending time outside.

The USNWS also advises everyone to review symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat stroke include throbbing headaches, confusion, nausea, dizziness, a body temperature over 103 degrees, hot, red, dry or damp skin, rapid and strong pulse, fainting and loss of consciousness.

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Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness or tiredness, cool, pale, clammy skin, a fast, weak pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headaches, and fainting.

The best thing to do in these situations is move the victim to a cooler location and call 911 as both illnesses are severe medical emergencies.