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An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for Northeast Ohio until 9 p.m. Extreme temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s coupled with oppressive humidity will make it feel like 105 to 110 degrees.

Morning temperatures will be in the 80s, quickly soaring to 92 degrees by lunchtime. Full sunshine will allow temperatures to hit 97 degrees this evening.

A weak cold front arrives tonight with a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Temperatures will fall to the mid 70s overnight.

It will still be hot and uncomfortable Friday, but highs will only hit the low 90s. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms is in the forecast mainly south of Akron.

Temperatures stay near 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday. A stronger cold front arrives Monday, cooling highs to the 80s next week.

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Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.

Symptoms

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating

Hallucinations

Chills

Throbbing headache

High body temperature

Confusion/dizziness

Slurred speech

First Aid

Take the following steps to treat a worker with heat stroke:

Call 911 and notify their supervisor.

Move the sick worker to a cool shaded area.

Cool the worker using methods such as:

Soaking their clothes with water.

Spraying, sponging, or showering them with water.

Fanning their body.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Workers most prone to heat exhaustion are those that are elderly, have high blood pressure, and those working in a hot environment.

Symptoms

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

Heavy sweating

Extreme weakness or fatigue

Dizziness, confusion

Nausea

Clammy, moist skin

Pale or flushed complexion

Muscle cramps

Slightly elevated body temperature

Fast and shallow breathing

First Aid

Treat a worker suffering from heat exhaustion with the following:

Have them rest in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area.

Have them drink plenty of water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages.

Have them take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.

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