JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With temperatures expected to feel between 105 to 111 degrees from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Wednesday, a Heat Advisory is in effect for all of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of hot temperatures and high humidities creates heat indices of 108 degrees or higher. Drink plenty of fluids, remain out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors who may be sensitive to heat-related illnesses.
Some are especially at risk from the high heat and health officials have some advice to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Some people are more vulnerable to heat-related illness and hospitalizations, and that’s why they need to be extra careful. The elderly, infants and young children, those with chronic medical conditions, and those who work outside are among the most vulnerable.
For people who work outside, some of the best ways to protect yourself include:
- Not waiting until you are thirsty to drink water
- Try to schedule tasks for earlier or later in the day to avoid the midday heat
- Wearing lightweight, light-colored clothes with a brimmed hat
- Spend time in air-conditioning during breaks
Knowing what to look for in heat-related illnesses is also important. Symptoms for heat stroke include headache, dizziness and nausea, plus hot, red, dry or damp skin, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, and fainting.
Symptoms for heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, cold, pale and clammy skin.
For parents, there are plenty of good reminders on how to protect your children as well. Keep as close an eye on them as possible when they’re outside in this kind of heat. Make sure they stay hydrated as well, also wearing light clothes, and plan for extra rest time, and time to cool off.