Friday, May 20, 2022

Well, it’s going to be hot this week. Here are a few tips for dealing with excessive heat

It’s no secret that it’s going to be hot and humid this week in Hampton and Newport News, and meteorologists at the National Weather Service issued a “hazardous weather outlook.”

“Heat index values may reach 105 degrees in some areas Tuesday,” the Weather Service said. A heat advisory may be needed for some areas on Tuesday. Heat index values will reach 100 to 105 degrees Wednesday.”

Newport News and Hampton will see their fair share of warm weather this week. Temperatures in both cities will hover around the mid-80s to low 90 degrees.

Forecasts are calling for partly cloudy weather every day this week with thunderstorms anticipated for Thursday and Friday in Hampton Roads, according to
There’s a chance for an isolated thunderstorm on Saturday and then the region will return to warm mid 90 degree weather on Sunday, which should be a partly cloudy day.

Tips for dealing with excessive heat

Extreme heat can take a toll on the body. As the National Weather Service points out on its website, intense activity or prolonged exposure to heat can cause serious, sometimes fatal heat-related illnesses.

It is especially dangerous for the young and old and for pets. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors. Monitor them throughout the day for signs of a heat-related illness.

The Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued several tips to follow during periods of extreme heat:

Stay hydrated

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Drink plenty of water (not very cold) or other, non-sugary, decaffeinated and non-alcoholic fluids, regardless of activity levels.
  • Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Keep Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
  • Check with your doctor if:
    • You are on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, ask your doctor how much fluids are safe to drink.
    • If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

On the move

  • Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals. They add heat to your body. Instead, eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • If you pack food, put it in a cooler or carry an ice pack. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun. Meats and dairy products can spoil quickly in hot weather.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not leave children or pets in a car, even for a minute or with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a car can rise quickly, even on days where the outside temperature is 70 degrees. The NWS says dozens of children and pets die each year from hyperthermia after being left in a car.
  • Check belt buckles and car seats before placing your child in the car. They could get burnt from heated metal buckles.
  • Be good neighbor: Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat.
  • Don’t leave valuable electronic equipment, such as cell phones and GPS units, sitting in hot cars.

At home

  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations, such as malls and libraries.
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Do not direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry, blowing air can dehydrate you faster.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Make sure rooms are well vented if you are using volatile chemicals.
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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