- NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – It was another gorgeous fall day all across New Mexico on Sunday. Highs nudged a few degrees warmer than Saturday thanks to southerly winds. Many areas from the Rio Grande Valley southward made it into the 70s. Clouds are now increasing from west to east, signaling some moisture in the skies for the […]
During Extreme Heat….
- This warning may seem like common sense: Do not leave children or pets in cars
- Avoid outdoor recreation and activities between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device
- Drink more water than usual
- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar
- Replace salt and minerals
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully
- Pace yourself
- Monitor people at high risk
- Do not walk your dog on hot pavement
Health Risks with Extreme Heat Stress
Heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Its main signs include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, as well as feeling tired, weak and/or dizzy.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and happens when the body loses its ability to sweat. Dehydration and over exposure to the sun can cause heat stroke. The main sign of heat stroke is an elevated body temperature greater than 104 degrees and changes in mental status ranging from personality changes to confusion.
Who is at Risk?
Anyone can be affected by heat stress. People at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with existing chronic diseases such as heart disease, and people without access to air conditioning, according to the New Mexico Environmental Public Health tracking.