DORAL, FL – A heat advisory for Miami-Dade and Broward as well as Palm Beach was issued until Sunday evening by the National Weather Service.
This organization makes such warning when a heat index of 105 degrees or higher is expected for at least two hours. According to predictions, afternoon temperatures for the weekend will be in the low-mid-90s but combined with the humidity, the heat indices will be between 105 to 110 degrees.
The danger of reaching extreme temperatures and high humidity is that it may cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which happens when the body is not capable of properly cooling itself, not even through sweat as it normally occurs.
In some cases, out of the ordinary high temperatures can result in individuals dying. In fact, according to a report of miamigov.com, extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.
“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” the NWS says on its website. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.”
Other recommendations under a heat advisory include drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun as much as possible, wearing light clothing, checking on family members and neighbors, and watching for signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Those signs are muscle pain or spasms in the stomach, arms or legs, heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea and vomiting.
When the person experiences extreme high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally, red, hot and dry skin with no sweat, rapid strong pulse or confusion or unconsciousness it is highly advised to call 911, get the person to a hospital as soon as possible or cool down the body with the methods available until finding medical aide, because these signs are linked to a heat stroke.
The advisory is now in effect through 8 p.m. on Sunday.
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