Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - On average, the third week in July is one of the hottest weeks all year and this year it's living up to the hype.
Meteorologist LeAnn Lombardo is predicting temperatures to be near or exceed 90 degrees both Wednesday and Thursday. With dew points in the upper 60s and low 70s, it'll feel like it's in the triple digits, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for most of the Chippewa Valley. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Older adults, young children, and persons with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to heat illnesses and are at high risk for heat-related mortality.
If you work outdoors, be sure to drink plenty of water and take frequent short breaks in the shade. Avoid caffeine or alcohol and eat small meals before work activity. If you take medication, it's a good idea to find out from your health care provider if your medications and heat don't mix.
Some signs you've had too much heat: painful muscle cramps and spasms, usually in the legs and abdomen, heavy sweating, weakness, clammy skin, dizziness, fainting, confusion, nausea or an altered mental state. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency, if you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, seek medical assistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately.
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