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David: Expect dangerous heat all weekend

David Bernard says the weekend could be very hot. (FOX 8 file photo)
David Bernard says the weekend could be very hot. (FOX 8 file photo)
Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 9:15 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:56 PM CDT
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Expect dry and very hot conditions through the weekend. High temperatures will range from 94-100 degrees. The heat index will make it feel like 106-112. We won't get much of a break during the overnights with lows only dipping to around 80.

The hot dome of high pressure will break down and move west of us by the middle of next week bringing a better chance of storms and more normal high temperatures near 90.

There are no tropical systems threatening the Gulf of Mexico at this time.

Heat Safety Tips: 

Stay cool

  • Stay inside in air conditioning.
  • Go to air-conditioned places like a library, NORDC recreation center, or mall.
  • Stay out of the sun and wear a hat. Take breaks often.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Don't leave your pets outside or inside a car.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Remind others to drink water.

Stay informed

  • Stay informed about weather conditions.
  • Know the symptoms of heat illness.

HEAT EXHAUSTION

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting

WHAT TO DO: 

  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

HEAT STROKE:

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry, or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

WHAT TO DO: 

  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

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