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July 19, 2013 11:30 AM

[ARCHIVED] Heat Wave

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Merrimack County. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values exceeding 100 degrees. The elderly and young children are at high risk for heat related injury. Please check in on older neighbors and friends to make sure they are ok.

The Capital Area Public Health Network has shared the following guidelines for dealing with excessive heat from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1. Drink plenty of fluids (two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour)
2. Rest
3. Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
4. Stay in an air conditioned environment. Shopping malls and movie theaters are excellent places to "beat the heat."
5. Wear lightweight clothing.
6. Remain indoors in the heat of the day.
7. Limit strenuous activities
8. Be alert to heat illnesses, including heat exhaustion (sweating, weekness, dizziness, headache, nausea/vomiting, rapid pulse and breathing) and heat stroke (Body temperature in excess of 103 degrees, hot and dry skin, NO sweating, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea). Call 9-1-1 immediately for emergency assistance if you are experiencing severe symptoms.

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Latest Update:

July 19, 2013 11:42 AM

Additional information on the heat wave is available on the City web site at