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Deadly Heat Marches Towards Maryland

Code Orange Air Quality Alert
Posted at 7:25 PM, Jul 17, 2020
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Lots going on over the next few days....
Let's start with temperatures--well heat indices...which will continue to soar into the triple digits. By Monday, I expect to see several heat advisories issued as "feels like" temperatures approach 105! I know its summer...and some of you may be wondering why we're talking so much about it be hot-- and there's a reason: on average the US suffers 400 heat related deaths a year. These deaths are largely preventable-- and the best weapon we have is awareness..

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Once heat indices top 105, heat cramps, heat strokes and heat exhaustion all become likely. Last year I covered the story of an 18 year old navy cadet succumbing to a heat stroke playing basketball on base in Memphis, TN. It doesn't matter your age, location, race, or how healthy you "think" you are-- these conditions are real and should be taken seriously.

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The above picture breaks down some things you should watch out for over the next few days. If you're resting at home, but sweating more than normal, or maybe you're doing work around the house, but not sweating at all-- this could be a sign that you're experiencing a heat related illness. Other signs include random headaches, nausea, feeling weak, dizziness are all signs that you should hydrate and get checked out.

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In addition to the heat--- a Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect for Saturday. Simplistically-- we are forecasting more ozone in the atmosphere due to increased heating. This will technically make the air thicker and harder to breath for folks who are asthmatic or have any respiratory or pulmonary issues. The elderly and children could also be affected-- so it may be a good idea to postpone the trip to the park. If you're looking to help reduce the amount of ozone in the atmosphere, you can postpone lawn care and filling the gas tank until after dusk, as these activities increase the atmospheric ozone count.

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#staytuned but more importantly #staysafe