According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will rise to over 113 degrees in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas on Wednesday, affecting approximately 100 million Americans.
Kim Knowlton, an assistant clinical professor, told NBC News that temperatures might exceed what the human body can handle.
She said, “There’s an awful lot of assumption that heat is an inconvenience, but it kills people. Climate change fuels these dastardly heat waves that are almost beyond belief, and we’re not accustomed to them yet.”
Keep Cool By Staying Indoors
Dr. Emily Durkin, the pediatric surgeon, told TODAY that kids shouldn’t be playing outside in the heat of the day unless it’s in the pool.
Keeping your house cool is a must if you are at home. There is a lack of air conditioning in many homes in the Pacific Northwest, so people should try to stay out of the sun and heat.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Despite its obvious importance, drinking water in the heat isn’t the only thing that needs to be done: You also need to replace the electrolytes you lose through sweat.
McGowan said, “One of the biggest dangers during extreme heat like this is dehydration. Our body keeps cool by sweating, and you lose a ton of water during hot days like this when you’re sweating a lot.”
Prepare For A Power Outage
Using air conditioners and other power sources to cool down can overload power grids, causing power outages. Have a plan for when the power goes out and temperatures rise.
Seek Medical Treatment When Necessary
A person who feels like they are getting more relaxed with no actual change in temperature should seek medical attention if they have difficulty perceiving temperature.
Dizziness, nausea, stomach cramps, or feelings of weakness are signs of seeking medical attention right away, said Durkin, especially in vulnerable populations.