Weather service warns today’s heat poses dangers but air quality better than Sunday

DOVER – The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Kent and Sussex counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

Temperatures are expected to reach the middle 90s today and the weather services warns that because of the humidity the maximum heat index values could be 102 degrees to 107 degrees this afternoon and Monday afternoon.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible after noon and again tonight.

Nighttime temperature likely will be around 75.

In addition, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued a code yellow air quality alert today for the state, down from the more severe orange alert on Sunday.

That means air pollution concentrations are moderate and people unusually sensitive to air pollution may be mildly affected. The primary pollutant, according the weather service, is ozone.

People are advised to take precautions if outside.

  • Try to schedule strenuous activities in the early morning or late evening.
  • Be alert to signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light-weight and loose fitting clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take frequent breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned environment

People suffering from heat should be moved to a cool and shaded areas.

Those who have signs of heat stroke need emergency care; call 911.

Children and pets should not be left unattended in parked vehicles under any circumstances but especially during hot weather. Pets should not be left without adequate water and shelter from the sun.

Heat stroke symptoms include:

  • High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • Altered mental state or behavior.
  • Alteration in sweating.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Flushed skin.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Racing heart rate.

The weather service forecasts temperatures to remain near 94 on Tuesday and storms again could strike in the evening. Relief comes on Wednesday with temperatures moderating to 88 and a low Wednesday night in the upper 60s.

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