America’s federal weather forcast body National Weather Service (NWS) has belled an alarm for a potentially fatal heatwave that could sweep Southern California over the weekend.
According to the weather center, temperatures could reach a whopping 50C (122F) predictably on Saturday. City of Las Vegas, parts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona may fall in the trajectory of the heat waves that has been described as ‘rare, dangerous, and deadly,’ the BBC reports.
“Strong high pressure aloft will result in a protracted period of VERY hot temps across the deserts,” NWS Pheonix official notification of Twitter read.
“The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect and has been extended thru next Monday for the Phoenix, Yuma, and Imperial areas. Stay hydrated!”
NWS has released advisory for the public urging them to ‘avoid strenuous activities and cancel outdoor activities,’ ‘drink before you’re thirsty’, and caring for others.
How can heatwaves kill?
While an unputdownable concern related to heatwaves is dehydration, heatstroke is as worrisome, perhaps more, according to experts. Also known as hypothermia, heat illness occurs when a person’s body temperature rises above 40C or 104F.
Extreme environmental heat can mess up the body’s natural cooling capacity thereby touching unhealthy temperatures. This can lead to deadly consequences.
Some common symptoms for heat stroke include, but may not be limited to:
- Sudden loss of sense
- Racing heart rate
- Rapid breathing
As emergency precautions for someone entering hypothermia, medics suggest an ice bath as the preliminary way of colling the body temperature. The idea is to rapidly drop the body temparature.
In case enough ice is not available, large fans along with wet sheets may be used to cool the patient. Immediate medical attention must be sought if any abnormalities are suspected in really hot days.