Dangerously Hot & Humid Conditions Prompt Heat Advisory
It’s dangerously hot outside today, prompting much of the area to be under a heat advisory lasting until the end of day tomorrow for counties in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas counties. In Northeast Oklahoma, there’s a heat advisory until Tuesday.
In Pittsburg, the Aquatic Center was popping with people hoping to beat the heat. Doctors say the best way to combat dehydration in these conditions is to drink lots of fluids and stay in the shade as much as possible. Sometimes the body can lose too much salt in hot temperatures so it’s good to consume drinks with electrolytes like Gatorade or Pedialyte for children. Besides the heat, if the humidity is too high it can also affect your body’s ability to cool itself down naturally by perspiration.
“In the conditions we have right now we have high temperatures which are usual for this time of year, but also very high humidity. Anytime you have humidity greater than sixty percent than you are at more risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion,” says Director of Freeman Health System Urgent Cares Director Ronald Edwards.
Dr. Edwards says if you’re experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion like headache, fever, dizziness, nausea or have dark urine you should go into shade, preferably indoors to cool off. If you are experiencing confusion, lose consciousness, or don’t recover from the heat after being in a cool area for at least thirty minutes you should seek medical attention.