By Scott Bolthouse
It’s going to be a scorching-hot weekend in southeast Michigan.
Due to the dangerously hot forecasted temperatures, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Thursday morning that will be in effect until 10 p.m. Friday evening.
Temperatures in the low to mid 90s and high humidity will cause heat indices to approach 100 degrees today, and exceed 100 degrees on Friday.
High temperatures will also linger into the overnight hours, taking away much needed relief that is typical when the sun goes down.
Officials across the state are warning residents of all ages, especially those who are very young and 65 and older, of the dangers that heat waves like these bring.
“With hot weather continuing into the weekend, make sure that you drink lots of water, use air conditioning, and check in on family, friends, and neighbors who are vulnerable to the effects of high heat,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, director of the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.
Some tips to keep in mind during extreme hot weather:
· Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.
· Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
· Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
· Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.
· Eat small, frequent meals.
· Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
· If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day.
· Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
·Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.
· Cover all exposed skin with an SPF sunscreen (15 or above) and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.
· Never leave your children or pets in the car.