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Hot and Humid Conditions Predicted for this Weekend

July 14, 2006

Hot and humid conditions are expected in Cambridge this weekend through next Tuesday.  Temperatures are expected to approach 90 degrees, with cooler overnight lows around 70 degrees.

The National Weather Service may issue a heat advisory this weekend for the Boston area due to the combination of increasing heat and humidity levels.  For up-to-date heat warnings and advisories for Massachusetts, visit the National Weather Service website, www.nws.noaa.gov/alerts/ma.html.

Cool Ways to Beat the Heat

High temperatures increase the risks of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. To stay cool and safe this summer, just follow these tips.

  • Wear light-colored clothing to keep cool—dark colors absorb the sun's heat.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Keep drinking water or juice, even if you don't feel like it. Don't drink alcohol and caffeine; they dehydrate the body. (If you do, be sure to drink plenty of water too.)  And remember to drink water or sports drinks before, during, and after exercising.
  • Stay cool by spending time in air-conditioned places, like a mall or library. 
  • Limit physical exertion to early mornings and evenings.
  • Decrease levels of physical exertion.
  • Never leave children in hot cars! Temperatures inside cars can rise dramatically, causing heat stroke—or even death —within a very short time.
  • Electrical blackouts often occur during extremely hot weather.  Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries close by. Please remember that candles are a serious fire hazard.
  • Check on your elderly or infirm neighbors to see if they need help.
  • Call 911 if you see someone with signs of heatstroke. What to look for: high temperature, vomiting, unconsciousness or semi-consciousness, fast and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, and damp skin or red, hot, and dry skin. Heatstroke can be fatal, so it's important to get immediate medical attention.
  • Here's how to help someone with heat stroke: After calling 911, lay the person down in a cool place. Raise the legs. Lower the temperature with water and wet towels or sheets. Put ice packs wrapped in towels on the neck, wrists, ankles, and armpits to lower the temperature of the large blood vessels.

Cambridge Emergency Telephone Numbers
Fire-Rescue                       617-349-4900 or 911
Cambridge Hospital            617-665-1000
Mt Auburn Hospital             617-492-3500
Council on Aging                617-349-6060



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