Take caution during heat wave

Published 9:25 pm Monday, July 11, 2011

The combination of staggering heat and high humidity is expected to create a dangerously-high heat index today and tomorrow.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield issued a heat advisory on Monday for Suffolk and the surrounding area. The heat index is expected to be between 105 and 109 degrees today, with a maximum heat index of 105 tomorrow.

People should avoid being outside if at all possible, use their air-conditioning, drink plenty of fluids and check on relatives and neighbors.

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If you must be outside, stay in the shade as much as possible, reschedule your activities for early morning or late evening and stay well-hydrated. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke, which include a lack of sweating, high body temperature, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart rate, hallucinations and muscle cramps. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Dial 911 and get into an air-conditioned environment immediately if you feel any of these symptoms.