Time to think about extreme heat safety as we head into the heart of summer

According to the CDC, extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States every year. More than flooding, tornadoes, and hurricane. This summer with mask-wearing encouraged while out in public, it's especially important to pay attention to your body if you're spending and extended period of time in the heat and humidity.

Posted: Jun 8, 2020 8:37 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 10:34 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Tuesday will be another scorcher and with many swimming pools closed this year, it’ll be tough to handle.

On average, we don’t see our first 90-degree day until June 15. Tuesday will likely be our fourth.

RELATED: Check out the FOX 55 forecast here

With temperatures in the 90s with feels like temps higher than that, it’s important to pay attention to how you’re feeling if you’re spending extended time outside.

Some of the first signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Cramping
  • Excessive thirst and sweating
  • Lightheadedness

To stay cool, at the very minimum, drink cool beverages, especially water.

Local resident Shyanne Wade and her family has been doing that a lot while spending as much time as they can outside.

Wade explained, "We’ve been going to the gas station and getting a lot of iced beverages. We’ve been using spray bottles and water balloons to stay cool. Suffices for now until the water comes back on."

A similar approach has been used by Nyein Thar and other protesters in downtown Fort Wayne over the past several days as they dealt with the heat.

"Apply some water to your hand and then start rubbing your back. Your back is really important because once that starts heating up, man it gets really hot, but after that, just keep drinking water," Thar said.

You want to limit time in the heat if possible, find shade when you can and go inside if you need to.

Especially if you’re wearing a mask in public.

It’s still important to follow public health officials’ recommendation to wear a mask out in public. However, masks can limit you from breathing out hot air, which helps cool your body down.

So, it’s especially important to pay attention to your body and if you feel like you’re overheating, take a break from being out in the extreme heat, and take your mask off. 

It can be hard to balance staying safe from extreme heat and staying safe from other things like COVID-19.

This summer, you’re urged to use extra caution, pay attention to your body, and don’t push yourself too hard when it becomes extremely hot outside.

Click here to find more resources to stay safe in extreme heat.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1097128

Reported Deaths: 17438
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1437882222
Lake712531225
Allen65537867
Hamilton50147482
St. Joseph48760639
Elkhart39461538
Vanderburgh34221495
Tippecanoe30237271
Johnson27179463
Hendricks25845379
Porter25014381
Madison20656444
Clark19898275
Vigo18764308
LaPorte16857260
Delaware16425291
Howard16408311
Monroe16379217
Kosciusko13936163
Hancock12841185
Bartholomew12686188
Warrick11995189
Wayne11879265
Floyd11869225
Grant11701235
Morgan10252188
Boone9675120
Noble9069121
Henry9002165
Marshall8907146
Dearborn881799
Dubois8710139
Shelby8054128
Cass8014127
Lawrence7922182
DeKalb7591106
Huntington7448108
Jackson743893
Gibson7002118
Montgomery6910123
Harrison685296
Knox6827113
Steuben654186
Miami6477107
Whitley642260
Putnam631982
Clinton618976
Wabash6060108
Jasper601791
Jefferson5689103
Ripley549192
Adams532381
Daviess5003116
Scott480378
Wells471799
White468767
Greene461799
Clay457462
Decatur4529109
Jennings439666
Fayette435694
LaGrange419290
Posey403244
Washington384154
Randolph3818107
Fountain368362
Spencer355846
Fulton355572
Starke348772
Owen346276
Sullivan344954
Orange324470
Jay318650
Rush298332
Carroll289438
Franklin286744
Perry283253
Vermillion280458
Tipton247365
Parke246330
Pike244144
Blackford218044
Pulaski205658
Newton179052
Brown171850
Crawford167929
Benton163217
Martin150819
Switzerland145112
Warren132216
Union117816
Ohio91413
Unassigned0585

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1683472

Reported Deaths: 26483
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1766331826
Cuyahoga1641462636
Hamilton1122641528
Montgomery794721387
Summit702171199
Lucas618431017
Butler55878803
Stark525841170
Lorain41058639
Warren35404412
Mahoning35095769
Lake31445493
Clermont30711362
Delaware26682182
Trumbull26664611
Licking26200335
Medina25291351
Fairfield24173287
Greene24051369
Clark21653387
Portage20709280
Richland20587336
Wood19626246
Allen18542320
Miami17031348
Columbiana16502331
Muskingum16416206
Wayne15432304
Tuscarawas14086357
Marion13054194
Erie12423198
Ashtabula12314225
Scioto12235182
Pickaway12070151
Ross11487223
Hancock11256173
Geauga10666174
Lawrence10504171
Belmont10259231
Huron9588155
Jefferson9462225
Union939175
Sandusky9068166
Seneca8692156
Knox8618169
Washington8613156
Athens827396
Darke8270179
Ashland7840147
Auglaize7741115
Shelby7337132
Defiance7210114
Crawford7082150
Brown7052115
Fulton7016111
Logan6857108
Mercer681697
Guernsey680283
Highland6615117
Madison641389
Clinton6388106
Williams628798
Preble6171139
Putnam6089120
Jackson572396
Champaign568286
Perry558879
Coshocton5552103
Ottawa553599
Morrow506464
Fayette483170
Hardin477899
Gallia462978
Pike459076
Van Wert454691
Adams4514109
Henry424976
Hocking401493
Holmes3939137
Wyandot367973
Carroll351578
Paulding319349
Meigs302457
Monroe231860
Noble216447
Morgan210138
Harrison205152
Vinton183937
Unassigned05
Fort Wayne
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 31°
Angola
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 39°
Huntington
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 35°
Decatur
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 31°
Van Wert
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 36°
The warming trend is expected to continue through Thursday before cooler air returns to the Midwest.
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