Extreme heat and humidity are in the forecast for Madison this week.
Thursday and Friday are likely to produce ‘danger” heat indices while Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday will reach ‘extreme caution’ heat index conditions.
As temperatures increase, so does the possibility for heat-related illnesses. When your body isn’t able to properly cool itself, you’re at greater risk for heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat rash, or cramps. For temperatures over 80 degrees, outdoor activities, including UW-Madison Precollege and Youth Programs, should mandate all participants have water bottles or take water breaks every 15 minutes as a group.
Some signs of heat-related illnesses:
- Heaving sweating
- Losing consciousness or altered consciousness
Call 911 if you or someone you know experiences signs/symptoms of heat stroke, which include disorientation, irritability, emotional instability, confusion, altered consciousness, coma, or seizure.
A list of Dane County cooling shelters can be found at this link (pdf).
With hot temperatures on the horizon, here are tips to prevent heat-related illnesses.
- Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water.
- Stay cool in an air conditioned area if possible.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
- Limit outdoor activities and pace yourself. Most heat-related illnesses occur because of overexposure to heat or over-exercising.
- Wear sunscreen. Sunburn can slow the skin’s ability to release excess heats.
Students: Call 608.265.5600 if you have concerns for yourself or another student.