High humidity and temperatures up to 100 degrees the next few days mean we'll have to prevent heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses by staying inside and drinking plenty of fluids.
According to the National Weather Service Forecast for the D.C./ Baltmiore Metropolitan area, including Pikesville, temperatures could reach reach into the high 90s Wednesday and up to 100 degrees Thursday.
Because of humidity, the temperature could feel hotter: more like 105 degrees.
The NWS has issued a heat advisory that's in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.
"Those outdoors for an extended period of time, as well as those particularly sensitive to the heat will be at risk for heat exhaustion and other heat-related illness," the advisory states.
Certain groups of people: children, the elderly and those with respiratory or other health problems are at risk, according to Baltimore County Emergency Preparedness website.
Tips from the NWS to avoid heat-related illness:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay in an air-conditioned room
- Stay out of the sun
- Check in on relatives and neighbors
- Reschedule strenous activities to early morning or evening
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
- Drink plenty of water
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke
- Heat stroke is an emergency, so call 911, the advisory states. Move anyone overcome by heat to a cool, shaded location.
See the signs
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the signs of heat stroke, an emergency, include:
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally)
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
For people working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments, and drinking plenty of fluids.