Remember, you need to drink a lot of water, even if you are not thirsty.
“It takes about two weeks to get adjusted to heat,” said St. Joseph Regional Medical Center physician Dr. Tom Sweeney. “So for example, troops headed into Iraq spend two weeks in Kuwait, because it takes that long to adjust. So, when you have a heatwave for a couple of days, you don’t have time to adjust physiologically, so that is part of the problem.”
Here are some things to keep in mind today:
- Stay hydrated and wear cool, light-colored clothing to help maintain normal body temperatures
- Beware of medications that can increase risks like blood pressure medication
- Remember to check on friends and family
- Signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration include weakness, nausea, heavy sweating, and a rapid pulse.
In South Bend, one is set up for seniors at Inwood Hills Estates on South Ironwood.
In Mishawaka, you can visit the Battell Community Center at 904 N. Main St., which has been set up as a cooling center.
Elkhart has set up two cooling centers - at the New York Central Railroad Museum on South Main Street and the YMCA of Elkhart County in the Healthy Living Center.
Also, Thursday afternoon in Goshen until 4 p.m., admission to the Shanklin Park swimming pool is free.
1st Baptist Church - Elkhart is canceling tonight's "Woodland Trails Summer Prediction Runs" due to extreme heat.
Remember, in heat like this, keep pets inside if you can and make sure they have plenty of water. Also, do not leave them in a car for any reason.