Brady Williams SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Syracuse residents are recovering from a heatwave that rolled through this past weekend. Temperatures spiked at 92 degrees, which is only four degrees from the city record of 96. The extreme weather can be dangerous without proper preparation.
Even lower temperatures in the 80-degree range can be dangerous with high humidity, as is common in central New York. The heat index, which is dependent on heat and humidity, interferes with regular bodily function. As such, experts recommend limiting time outside during intense weather.
With summer still in full swing, it is important to remember the proper measures for staying safe in extreme heat. Onondaga County Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Quoc Nguyen, recommends securing shade and cold water on hot days.
“You plan for yourself, you plan how to take care of the people you have to take care of so that they are safe. Or pets. And then you look around at the people around you in the same environment, if they are in trouble.” He says.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include fatigue, passing out, and immobility. If these symptoms appear, Nguyen encourages good Samaritans to “… call 911. And then you pull them away from the exposure, and if you could, fan them, give them a drink, and put some wet clothing material on them.”
While the hottest week of the summer has passed, Syracuse residents should remember the necessary measures to stay safe when temperatures rise again.