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The news headline says it all: “Blistering heat expected in Northeast”
A heat wave of historic proportions could strike some Northeastern states as forecasters warn of prolonged triple-digit temperatures that could trigger “a dangerous situation,” the National Weather Service advised Monday.
“Dangerous,” did the man say? Try “deadly.” We’re talking about increasing humidity and increasing heat, which is the formula for hyperthermia. And that’s a condition that can kill within minutes. The very young, the very old, and the already-ill are at greatest risk.
What to do about it? Drink plenty of fluids, keep your electrolytes up, wear loose light-colored clothing, stay out of the sun (or if you must go out a big floppy hat and a parasol wouldn’t be amiss), and watch the people around you. If they’re showing the signs and symptoms of hyperthermia you have it too.
What are the signs and symptoms? The most serious is Heat Stroke:
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