Raleigh weather forecasters are calling for heat indexes to potentially skyrocket to 110 degrees. High temperatures can be dangerous for certain age groups such as children and elders; however at this heat level, everyone should just stay inside.
One exception might be to check in with some older family members or friends to see if they need anything. This age group should not be outside at all today between the heat and air quality. Check to see if they have any shopping needs such as milk, bread or even a refill of prescriptions. Not only is this a good deed, it can save them from potential heat related dangers.
If your dogs are outside, please consider bringing them in for today and tomorrow. These animals can’t tell you they are overheating if they are outside and you are sitting peacefully inside with the air conditioning running full blast. Don’t make the mistake of waiting too long to check, as these temps are dangerous for the pups. At the very least if you keep them outside, keep the water dishes coming. The water will get hot quickly and really hot water isn’t exactly going to entice them to stay hydrated!
If you do have to go out, keep these tips in mind:
- Stay hydrated
- Apply sunscreen
- Watch yourself- getting cranky can be a sign of heat exhaustion
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