It’s Hot Out There! Cooling Centers Open in Dover, NH
After a hot weekend, be prepared for some more days with temperatures in the 90s.
A heat advisory went into effect in Dover until 8 p.m. on Monday. City officials sent out a notice at 9:45 a.m. on the topic.
"A period of hot temperatures in the mid-90s is expected today, with a heat index that could reach 95 degrees. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," the statement to the public said.
Residents looking to cool off while the heat advisory is in effect can find relief at the McConnell Center cafeteria and Dover Public Library.
People are asked to please wear a face-covering while inside these locations.
Meteorologist William Watson said on Monday morning at about 11 a.m. that it was already 90 degrees in Rochester.
"For Dover today, we're seeing a high near 96," Watson said.
Watson said on Tuesday, the high will be near 92 degrees, but it will feel like it is 95 degrees because of humidity.
Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are reminding drivers to check for children in the backseat and to not leave them unattended in a vehicle.
"A child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature rises quickly – and they could die within minutes," the NHTSA said in a message on their Twitter account.
Dover city officials shared these tips from Dover Fire and Rescue to help prevent heat-related illness:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day and take regular breaks from physical activity.
- Wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
- Never leave children, seniors, pets, or people with health conditions in a parked vehicle, even briefly. Temperatures can become dangerous within a few minutes.
- Check on your neighbors, especially seniors and people with a chronic illness, to see if they need assistance.
- Use air conditioning to cool down. People who do not have an air conditioner can go to an air-conditioned public building, such as a public library or shopping mall, for a few hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids – don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Water is best. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
- Be aware that some medicines affect the body's ability to sweat and stay cool. Do NOT stop taking medication unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.
- When the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently by sweating, heat exhaustion can result. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; fatigue.
- If you are experiencing heat exhaustion, drink cool beverages, seek air conditioning, rest, and remove heavy clothing. If left untreated, heat stroke can result.
- Heat stroke is life threatening. Symptoms of heat stroke include red skin that is hot to the touch; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. The body temperature may rise dramatically and the skin may feel dry. Move someone experiencing heat stroke to a cool place and seek emergency medical assistance.
Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.
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