Meteorologists warn that the weather is about to get hot in Newark
NEWARK, NJ — Meteorologists say the thermometer is about to rise in Newark and other parts of New Jersey.
Meteorologists said a heat warning will be in effect for much of the Garden State this week, with maximum temperatures expected to reach 105 degrees on Tuesday. The rise in temperatures has prompted temperature warnings to be issued across the region. Read more: Severe heat leads to school closures in New Jersey: latest forecast
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), humidity will reach 100 degrees across northeastern New Jersey, where Heat warnings still apply.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Department of Community Health and Wellness Director Caitlin Baptiste Alsbrook announced that the City of Newark is issuing an Excessive Heat Warning from Tuesday, September 5 through Thursday, September 7.
According to city officials:
“The Department of Health urges Newark residents to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from extreme heat, especially among more vulnerable residents such as the elderly and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions. Vulnerable Newark residents should use air conditioning to stay cool. Drink water at regular intervals, and limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Newark city officials shared the following hot-weather safety tips for locals.
Check people who are particularly exposed to heat
A small, but crucial, gesture can help ensure we all have a safe and healthy summer. Get to know your neighbors and contact your neighbors and relatives – by phone – at least twice a day during heat waves. Pay particular attention to the elderly, the very young, and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. Citizens should also check in on neighbors who may be cut off from friends and family.
Health and safety tips for heat protection
- Air conditioning is the best way to stay cool when it’s hot outside. However, some people do not have an air conditioner or do not turn it on when they need it. Newark residents are encouraged to use air conditioners or fans. If air conditioning is not available in the residence, please help those affected to find a place where it is available.
- Stay out of the sun. This is the fastest way to overheat. Also, avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear lightweight, bright or light-colored clothing to reflect some of the sun’s energy.
- Drink fluids – water is best – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is also the safest liquid to drink during a heat emergency. This will help your body maintain a cooler temperature. If you are on a fluid-restricted diet or taking diuretics, please consult your physician first. Avoid drinks that contain alcohol and/or caffeine.
- Eat small, frequent meals.
- Avoid strenuous activities, especially during peak sun hours, which are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If any strenuous activity must be done, it is recommended that it be done during the cooler part of the day, which is in the morning between 4 am and 4 pm. 7 am
- If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest times of the day.
- Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
- Cover all exposed skin with an SPF (15 or higher) sunscreen.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.
- Use extreme caution when deciding to take an infant outside during extreme heat.
- Be careful not to overdress young children, especially newborns, and infants.
- Never leave children or pets in the car.
Facts about heat disease
Heat illness is dangerous. Prolonged exposure to heat can be harmful and possibly fatal. The added stress from heat can also irritate heart or lung conditions even without symptoms of heat disease. The risk of getting sick during a heat wave increases for people who:
- You do not have or do not use air conditioning.
- Are 65 years of age or older.
- You have chronic medical or mental health conditions.
- Taking certain medications that can disrupt body temperature regulation.
- Confined to their beds, have difficulty moving around, or are unable to leave their homes.
- are overweight.
- Consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Know the warning signs of heat stress! If you or someone you know feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call your doctor or 911.
Please call 911 if you or someone you know begins to have two or more of the following symptoms:
- Hot dry skin or cold, wet skin.
- difficulty breathing.
- fast heartbeat
- Confusion, disorientation, or dizziness.
- Vomiting and nausea.
Keeping your pets safe
The summer months can be just as uncomfortable for pets as they are for people. Pets are affected by humidity as much as they are by ambient temperatures. Follow these tips to keep them comfortable during a heat warning.
- Avoid dehydration: Pets can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water.
- Exercise early and late: When the temperature is too high, don’t let your dog stay on the hot asphalt. Your pet’s body can overheat quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
- Know When Your Pet Is in Danger: Symptoms of pet overheating include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and breathing rates, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. Flat-faced animals such as pugs and Persian cats are more prone to heatstroke because they cannot pant effectively. They should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Never leave a pet in a parked car on a hot day. Even with the windows open, extreme temperatures inside a parked car can quickly lead to fatal heatstroke for your pet.
- Keep cats safe by installing screens in your windows. Unprotected windows pose a real danger to cats, who often fall out of them during the summer months.
- Prepare Your Pet’s Emergency “Go-Bag”: Pet food, water, medication, and supplies should always be included in emergency preparedness plans and “go-bags.”
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