Forecasters project that daytime high temperatures across the Antelope Valley Thursday could approach 110 degrees with valley hot spots possibly topping out near 105. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Antelope Valley and a statement to advise residents. High temperatures are predicted to remain in the triple digits through at least the weekend.
- The National Weather Service offers the following recommendations to get through a heat wave:
- Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Avoid foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production and also increase water loss.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
- Don’t get too much sun as sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
- Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
- Do not leave children, the elderly or pets inside parked cars, even for a short amount of time.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, according to the National Weather Service. They say on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.