Feeling the Heat

By: Lindsey Day Email
By: Lindsey Day Email

You may be breaking a sweat more often and throwing extra ice cubes in your drinks over the next month. The Climate Prediction Center expects temperatures in the South to stay above average in August. Surely, we'll see days where the dangerous heat and humidity combo will be intense!

Tallahassee National Weather Service lead forecaster Jeff Fournier explains, "That could lead to heat related illness such as heat exhaustion, or in extreme cases, heat stroke."

This August the temperatures will be high, and so will be the chances of heat advisories and warnings.

"If the heat index is 110 we would issue a heat advisory and that means to exercise caution while outdoors. If it rises to 115 that would be an extreme heat warning and it could be very dangerous to people," says Fournier.

This is especially true for anyone doing outdoor physical activity. A local soccer referee agrees. Rollin Alexis says, "Sometimes they don't realize the danger that the kids are facing playing the game of soccer."

The heat also becomes a hinderance to people like postal workers, construction crews, and even anyone walking outdoors. Florida State University student Sean Tharrien says,"It's hot! I mean I park five minutes away from class and by the time I get there I'm sweating. It's pretty bad!"

And that scenario is not out of the question over the next month either! Fournier has tips to battle the heat. He says, "Take it easy, seek shade, stay in the air conditioning, drink lots of water, wear light colored clothes, and dress lightly."

Wearing cotton clothing can also help keep you cool. When the sun is beating down, wearing long sleeves can prevent the direct rays of the sun from hitting your skin. You can always head to the pool, or go to a public place with air conditioning.

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