Temperatures in the mid 90s but feels like over 100.
Frederick, Md. (NS) – Frederick County is about to get very hot. Forecasters say highs this week will be in the mid-upper 90s with a heat indices over 100.
Dr Clifford Mitchell with the Maryland Department of Health said if you start to become overheated in this weather, you need to take action to stay safe.
“The most important thing is to get out of the heat. So, if you’re outside, you need to find a shady area outside the direct sun,” said Dr Mitchell.
He added that drinking cold water can also help keep you hydrated, to lower your core temperature.
“If you’re really, really uncomfortable, getting into a cooler environment, into the air conditioning, even into a cold shower, something like that, may be really important because your body has lost the ability to control its internal temperature through sweating,” Dr Mitchell explained.
He said everyone is susceptible to overheating, and there are some warning signs.
“The first thing to look at is that you’re not feeling right. Even a subtle sign like you’re feeling a little dizzy, you just feel a little disoriented, sometimes a little sick to your stomach, or if you find that your heart is really racing even with modest effort,” said Dr Mitchell.
He added that if you are experiencing those symptoms, you need to get into a cool environment as quickly as possible.
Dr Mitchell said when there are high temperatures, check on the elderly and those who do not have air conditioning, keep pets hydrated and out of the heat, and never leave children or pets in unattended cars.