Heat Advisory in the Twin Cities/Metro Area
July 19, 2016
The Minnesota Board on Aging wants seniors and caregivers to be aware that the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in the Twin Cities/Metro area. Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected Wednesday, July 20th through Friday, July 22nd.
An Excessive Heat Warning is a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures. The mixture of hot temperatures and high humidity combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.
With high temperatures, it's very important for the elderly to follow heat-wave precautions:
- Stay in the coolest place as much as possible, and avoid too much activity.
- Use the air conditioner!
- Eat lightly and drink plenty of fluids.
- Make use of hand-held, battery-operated fans and misters.
- Rub wet washcloths over your wrists, face, and back of neck.
It is important to check on the frail and elderly on hot days to look for signs of heat stroke, which may begin with flu-like symptoms like loss of appetite, nausea, light-headedness or muscle cramping. If chilled liquids and other cooling-off measures don’t seem to be working, seek medical attention immediately. Heat stroke can be fatal if not recognized and treated in time.
The National Weather Service gives advice that if you or a loved one does not have air conditioning to go to a public place to stay cool. If you need to locate a community place that has air conditioning, please call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.