The Best Ways to Survive a Blistering Montana Heat Wave
Brace yourself, Montana! This week is going to be a hot one. Temperatures above 100 degrees are predicted in several places throughout the state. Here are some tips to help you survive the heat wave.
For the past couple of weeks, we've had abnormally low temperatures, which has been very nice, but that's all about to change. According to the most recent forecast from the National Weather Service in Great Falls, this week is going to be a scorcher with temperatures well above 90 degrees.
It's important to limit your time outdoors on extremely hot days. Here are a few ways to protect yourself, according to the CDC.
Extreme heat can cause people to suffer from heat-related illnesses and even death. People suffer heat-related illnesses when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves. Older adults, young children, and people with chronic medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related illness and death. More than 700 people die from extreme heat every year in the United States.
How to Protect Yourself From Extreme Heat
Staying hydrated is crucial. Drink a lot of water, even if you don't feel thirsty. If you have air conditioning, it wouldn't be a bad idea to crank it up to eleven this week. If you have to be outside, limit your time in direct sunlight and wear lightweight loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing. If you're a parent or pet owner, please don't leave children or pets inside a hot vehicle.
Heat advisories have been issued for several parts of the state. Click here for more information. The hot temperatures may also result in increased fire danger.