Excessive heat warning issued for Tri-state through Thursday
BULLHEAD CITY — Today is the start of at least three days of extreme temperatures across the region. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that begins at 10 a.m. today and is expected to continue at least through 9 p.m. Thursday.
Temperatures today and Thursday are expected to reach highs of 119 degrees and Wednesday the high is predicted to be 120 degrees — as of Monday evening.
John Adair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Las Vegas office, said this high-temperature period will be somewhat more humid than normal. And more uncomfortable.
“There’s no big push of dry air coming in,” Adair said. “Low-level moisture is trapped.”
There might be some moisture coming through the area Friday, however, he said.
Expect conditions to remain hot through the weekend, Adair added.
Air conditioning is essential with such harsh weather conditions.
Bullhead City is allowing free swimming at its Community Pool, 2255 Trane Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and Wednesday. The Senior Center, 2285 Trane Road, and Suddenlink Community Center, 2380 Suddenlink Way, will have extra water on hand.
People in Laughlin without air conditioning can go to two locations to beat the heat. There will be cooling centers at the Colorado River Food Bank, 240 Laughlin Civic Drive, and American Legion Post 60, 1501 Bruce Woodbury Drive.
The Food Bank is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The Legion post is open from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. on days when temperatures exceed 112 degrees and has an outside cooling area for pets controlled by their owner using either a leash or carrier.
The Bullhead City Fire Department advises people to take several precautions to avoid heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn or heat rash:
Stay hydratedDo physical activities in the morningWear protective clothing and sunblockBe aware of how neighbors are faring — especially seniors. Also, keep an eye on children. Both age groups are more sensitive to heat. So are people who have chronic diseases or mental illnesses.Wear a life jacket when swimming in one of the lakes or in the Colorado River.
According to a guide published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately, said Lori Viles, public information officer for the fire department.
Heat stroke symptoms include a body temperature of 103 degrees; hot, red skin that’s dry or damp; and a fast pulse. Other symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and loss of consciousness.
After calling 911, move the person to a cooler place. Use cool cloths or a cool bath to help bring down the temperature, but don’t give them anything to drink.
Dizziness, headache and passing out also are some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion. Other symptoms for heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; cold, clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness.
To help someone with heat exhaustion, move the person to a cooler place, loosen their clothes, use cold, wet cloths or get them into a cool bath.
If the sufferer is vomiting, has symptoms that are intensifying or lasting longer than an hour, medical help should be sought right away.
Heat cramps — painful, involuntary muscle cramps that can occur during heavy exercise in hot locations — can be accompanied with heavy sweating. Stop exercising, move to a cool place, drink water or a sports drink, and wait until the cramps stop before doing any more physical activity.
Even heat cramps might require medical treatment if someone is on a low-sodium diet, has heart problems or has cramps that have lasted longer than an hour.
The CDC also emphasizes that humidity can cause sweat to evaporate more slowly and prevent the body from releasing heat as fast as needed.