It’s back … weather that sends rattlesnakes to the shade and children to the swimming pools. Triple-digit temperatures. Humidity that shrivels cactus.
July throughout most of Idaho is off to a blazing start. Two record highs were eclipsed in Boise in the first five days of July and maximum temperatures have been in the mid- to upper 90s every day since the July 1 high of 90 in Boise.
With record highs and low humidity comes the potential for danger, from forest and range fires to heat stroke.
“Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits,” according to the July issue of Emergency Preparedness produced by the Ada City-County Emergency Management (ACCEM) office. “During an average summer, approximately 200 people across our country die as a result of high summer temperatures.
“Under normal conditions, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body, however, in extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal body temperature.”
Over-exposure to heat and over-exertion are responsible for most heat-related disorders, the report indicates.
Individuals can take measures to mitigate the effects of soaring temperatures:
More information about the treatment of heat emergencies, symptoms of heat emergencies and terms related to physical heat conditions is available in ACCEN’s newsletter (see PDF).