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Metro Detroit weather forecast: Heat wave still on track

Dangerous heat indices expected

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Everything remains on track for our upcoming heat wave, and I’ll have some good tips to help stay cool at the end of this article…some of which may actually surprise you!

Tonight will feature mostly clear skies, and we get one more night of relatively pleasant sleeping weather, with lows in the low 60s (that’s 17° Celsius for our Canadian friends). However, calm air means that we won’t have a breeze blowing in the windows…only those of you with attic fans will be able to draw in some of that cooler air. Gosh, I wish I had an attic fan.

Mostly sunny on Wednesday, with highs in the mid to upper 80s (30-31° Celsius). This will be the last day with reasonable humidity…things get steamy after Wednesday.  South wind at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday’s sunrise is at 6:15 AM, and Wednesday’s sunset is at 9:04 PM.

Partly cloudy, warmer and more muggy Wednesday night, with a stray, brief shower or thunderstorm possible. Lows near 70° (21° Celsius).

Partly cloudy, very hot and humid on Thursday, with highs near 90° (32° Celsius). Humidity will make the temperature feel like it’s in the mid 90s (35-36° Celsius).

Partly cloudy, warm and muggy Thursday night, with lows in the low to mid 70s (22-23° Celsius).  Thunderstorms are possible later at night…possibly strong, but this is highly uncertain.  I’ll update this tomorrow.

Partly cloudy, very hot and humid, with a possible thunderstorm on Friday.  Highs in the low to mid 90s (34-35° Celsius).  Humidity will make the temperature feel like it’s close to 100° (38° Celsius).

Partly cloudy, warm and muggy Friday night, with lows in the low to mid 70s (22-23° Celsius).

Partly cloudy, very hot and humid on Saturday, with highs in the low to mid 90s (34-35° Celsius).  Humidity will make the temperature feel like it’s close to 100° (38° Celsius).

Partly cloudy, warm and muggy Saturday night, with lows in the low to mid 70s (22-23° Celsius).

Sunday will still be hot and humid, but also brings a good chance of thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front.  Highs near 90° (32° Celsius).  Humidity will make the temperature feel like it’s in the mid 90s (35-36° Celsius).

Following the cold front’s passage, we finally get some relief, with cooler temperatures filtering in for the first part of next week.

HOT WEATHER TIPS:

Some of these may seem pretty basic, but they are tried and true…they really do work!

1. Close your drapes and blinds.  Just keeping the sun from shining through the windows helps a lot.  It’s like moving the inside of your house into the shade.

2. Heat stresses us, especially the very young, very old, and those in poor health.  If you don’t have air conditioning, it’s important to relieve that stress.  Perhaps spend some time at an air conditioned mall, or a friend / relative’s house.  If nothing else, a cool shower certainly can help cool you off.  Just find a way to interrupt the heat’s stress…give yourself some recovery time.  Most heat-related health issues result from extended periods of heat stress.

3. Stay hydrated, and make sure that you’re hydrating with water, juice, and sports drinks.  This is critical, because we sweat more when it’s hot, and this draws a lot of fluids out of our bodies.  Avoid caffeine and alcohol, because they dehydrate you…the exact opposite of what you want during a heat wave.

4. Wear cotton or linen clothing, as these natural fibers absorb sweat and allow your skin to breathe.  Synthetic material, like polyester and rayon, don’t breathe, and trap sweat on your skin…which makes you more uncomfortable. 

5. This one may surprise you.  You probably already know that, if you’ll be out in the hot sun, you should wear light colored clothing (preferably white).  This helps reflect solar radiation, and keeps you cooler than dark colored clothing.  However, if you’ll be inside, or in solid shade, dark clothing actually is better, because it absorbs heat from your body and radiates that heat out into the environment around you, especially if there’s a light breeze.  Yes, indoors or in the shade, black clothing actually helps keep you cooler!

HEAT STROKE:  

Heat stroke occurs when our internal body temperature rises to an unsafe level…above 105° (41° Celsius).  If you notice somebody in the heat exhibiting the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

Hot, dry skin (no sweating), despite the heat.  The skin may also be red.
Severe headache or dizziness
Nausea and/or vomiting
General weakness or severe muscle cramps
Confusion
Disorientation
Loss of consciousness
Rapid heartbeat and rapid, shallow breathing
Seizures

After calling 911, start first aid which, in this case, is simply trying to cool the person.  If possible, put them in a tub of cool water.  If that’s not possible, dampen their skin and fan them, or sponge them with cool water.  You can even use the cool water from a garden hose.  Another very effective thing to do is putting ice packs under the armpits and in the groin area.  It’s vitally important to get the person’s core body temperature down as best you can until the EMS arrives. Even just moving them into some air conditioning helps.  At the very minimum, at least get them into the shade.

If you know any elderly people who live without air conditioning, or somebody with very young children, please check on them when we hit the peak of this heat wave.
 


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