Weather Wise: Heat Wave
We're facing a nationwide heat wave, with temperatures in Helena reaching 90 degrees and hotter.
That is much hotter than the average temperature for this time of year, which is 75 degrees. With temperatures this hot, Lewis and Clark County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator, Paul Spengler,, says there are some precautions people should take to get through the heat wave safely.
"Dont leave anyone especially kids and pets in your car even momentarily. Every year we have fatalities, babies dying in cars, people leave them, they forget about them, they're errands take longer…"
Spengler says to be careful about the time you spend outside, and to try and exercise early in the morning or near dusk.
"The worse part of the day which is typically between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Unfortunately I still see some people jogging in that heat that's just not good."
But venturing out into the beautiful weather can be tempting, with many people heading to the lake to soak up the sun. He says if you do go outside make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, even more than you think you need.
"Drink as much water as you can. A lot of times our bodies need water and you don't feel thirsty so keep that in mind."
By keeping these simple tips in mind you can enjoy these high temperatures and beat the heat.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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