Hottest Day Of Season Brings Danger

CLEVELAND – People in northeast Ohio are being made aware of the dangers that lurk when temperatures cross the 90-degree plateau as they did on Monday, Action News reported.


A heat advisory that was issued by the National Weather Service in anticipation of Monday's heat wave remained in effect for most of northeast Ohio until early Monday evening because the heat index in many places registered at dangerous levels. The heat index approached 110 degrees in some sections of the Action News viewing area.


Hot air out ahead of a cold front remained over northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania through Monday afternoon. High temperatures that topped out in the mid 90s combined with abundant moisture in the air to cause heat indices to reach a range between 105 and 110 degrees.


Persons were advised to avoid prolonged work in the sun or in poorly ventilated areas. Experts also said that they should drink plenty of water and should try to stay in an air-conditioned environment.


Along with not staying inside a hot car, health experts said that people should not bundling up with clothing, should use sunscreen and take frequent water breaks. They also recommend not drinking juice in the extreme heat because it can lead to an upset stomach.


When the heat index is as high as it was, you could suffer from severe muscle cramping, heat sickness and/or heat stroke. Some common symptoms of heat sickness are: dizziness, fainting and excessive sweating. Some common symptoms of the much-dreaded heat stroke, however, are: confusion, unconsciousness and not sweating.


The heat warnings should be taken seriously as at least one local person has already died from the extreme heat that northeast Ohio has been subjected to this summer.


Here are the three stages of heat sickness:

  1. HEAT CRAMPS - This involves severe muscle cramping, especially for athletes. It can occur when the heat index is above 85.
  2. HEAT EXHAUSTION - This is probably the most common form of heat sickness. The symptoms include: dizziness, fainting, and sweating a lot. Watch out when the heat index rises above 95!
  3. HEAT STROKE - This is a serious illness that occurs when the heat index goes above 105. Symptoms here include confusion, loss of consciousness and your body not sweating at all and overheating. People go to the hospital for this one.

The good news according to Action News meteorologist Scott Shaw is that this heat wave will be short-lived. Scattered storms should bring some clearing and lead temperatures back to safer levels by Monday night.