Good morning and Happy Thursday WABBLES! Nearing the end of another week, local temperatures are continuing to skyrocket into the upper 90’s and higher heat index values as well.
DIving into thursday
Early this morning we can expect some showers and even a few storms possible throughout parts of the WABBLES region. Aside from this, it will be a relatively quiet day storm wise. Temperatures will begin to spike gradually throughout the day, with heat index values reaching near 102o. High ambient temperatures will reach around 98o as well.
Heat advisory for wabbles
Heading into Friday, WABBLES will be under a heat advisory throughout the day. Skies will be mostly sunny, with heat index values around 104 due to high humidity and ambient temps. It’s important to note that while we’ve had some intense heat this summer, heat advisories are typically issues due to higher temperature and dew point levels, making outside almost unbearable for long moments of time. The local climatological maximum temperatures for Bowling Green are around 89.7o, making tomorrow around 7 degrees higher than normal.
Heed the Heat Warnings
Know what to do when a heat advisory or any heat related warning is issued. Heat illness, stroke, and cramps are serious, and can be prevented. Here’s some advice to follow about heat illnesses from the National Weather Service (NWS):
Heat cramps may be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke.
- Symptoms: Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in legs and abdomen and Heavy sweating.
- First Aid: Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water unless the person complains of nausea, then stop giving water.
Seek immediate medical attention if cramps last longer than 1 hour.
- Symptoms: Heavy sweating, Weakness or tiredness, cool, pale, clammy skin; fast, weak pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache, fainting,
- First Aid: Move person to a cooler environment, preferably a well air conditioned room. Loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths or have person sit in a cool bath. Offer sips of water. If person vomits more than once,
Seek immediate medical attention if the person vomits, symptoms worsen or last longer than 1 hour
- Symptoms: Throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, body temperature above 103°F, hot, red, dry or damp skin, rapid and strong pulse, fainting, loss of consciousness.
- First Aid: Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Delay can be fatal. Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment. Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath. Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can make you hotter at higher temperatures. Do NOT give fluids.
Using a fan to blow air in someone’s direction may actually make them hotter if heat index temperatures are above the 90s. For more information on all of these heat related illnesses, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site.
That’s all for today everyone! Be sure to hydrate, wear light clothes and limit your outdoor time as well. For the most recent weather updates, be sure to follow us on our social media platforms.