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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Shop, Play and Stay in Wyoming:
Weather Service issues heat advisory for almost all of GLOW region; one out of four is exempted--Wyoming County

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with the exception of Wyoming County. Silver Lake weather station forecasts a high of up to 89°.

Heat index values – a measure of what the temperature feels like – are expected to be in the mid- to upper-90s on Wednesday for the counties receiving the heat advisory.

The advisory includes Genesee, Livingston and Orleans counties. Also included are Niagara, northern Erie, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, northern Cayuga, and Oswego counties.

High temperatures of 91 to 93 degrees are forecast for Genesee, Livingston and Orleans counties but upper 80s for Wyoming.

The NWS forecasted high for Wyoming County is 90 degrees, but no advisory has yet been issued for Wyoming County by 12:16 am Wednesday.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Muscle cramping is usually the first sign of heat-related illnesses (heat exhaustion or heat stroke).

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, cold/pale/clammy skin, heavy sweating, fast and weak pulse, weakness or fainting and fast and shallow breathing. Victims of this illness should be moved to a cool place, be cooled using any method available such as ice packs; cool, wet cloths, or by applying water to the body, and sip on water.

If a victim is continuously vomiting or loses consciousness, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

If heat exhaustion is not treated it may progress to heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat stroke include hot body temperature, hot/red/dry/moist skin, rapid and strong pulse and possible unconsciousness. Victims of this illness should be treated in the same ways as those with heat exhaustion but do not give fluids. Also, 911 should be immediately called, as heat stroke is a medical emergency.

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