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High Afternoon Temps & Dangerous Heat Index Values Expected This Week

Some of the hottest air we have seen this summer is on the way to the Four State Region, and the WHAG Weather Team has some heat safety tips for you and your family with these dangerous heat indices expected.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (WHAG) - After a brief respite from the heat across the area, some of the hottest air we have seen this summer is on the way to the Four State Region for this week. Sunday marks the first day of seven with high temperatures above 90 degrees.

Daytime high temperatures on Tuesday through Thursday will be in the mid to upper 90's.  Combine that with dewpoints forecast in the upper 60's to lower 70's, heat index values will be in the upper 90's to lower 100's (100-105).

Here are some heat safety tips from the National Weather Service as we go into these next few days of high temperatures:
  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
  • During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
  • Don't get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
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