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Heat wave safety: How to stay cool as temperatures rise

by DrewLUD

The giant heat dome over the U.S. continues to envelop the metro region, so make sure you’re practicing heat safety. StormWatch7 is on Weather Alert Thursday for the heat and risk of storms. A Heat Advisory is in effect for parts of the D.C. Metro from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for heat index values over 100 degrees.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer, so it is critical that you avoid heat illness.

According to the National Weather Service, 138 people die each year due to the heat — they say a heat index at or above 90 degrees has a significant health risk. For a full list of District cooling center locations, go here.

Here are the warning signs of a heat-related illness:

Being thirsty
Muscle cramps
Feeling sick to the stomach
Feeling like you might be about to faint, even if you don’t faint
Being flushed or clammy

More information: https://wjla.com/weather/stormwatch7-weather-blog/heat-wave-safety-how-to-stay-cool-temperatures-rise-dmv-dc-virginia-maryland-weather-forecast-hot-humid-avoid-illness-health-risk-100-degrees-triple-digit-temps-warning-signs-stroke

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