WEATHER ALERT: Cue Glenn Frey: The heat is on!
After a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon — when temperatures will climb into the upper 70s-to-low 80s at the coast and mid-to-upper 80s inland — most of the Garden State will experience the first heat wave of the season tomorrow through Sunday.
“Maximum temperatures are forecast to be around 90 degrees at most locations, with heat index values rising into the 90 to 95 range each afternoon,” the National Weather Service advises in a Hazardous WeNastather Outlook.
As depicted in the “Heat Index” map above — how warm it feels when you add the effects of humidity to the temperature — values will be well into the 90s for the greater New Jersey Turnpike corridor, with cooler temperatures to the northwest and southeast (The immediate coast will be the coolest, with high temperatures hovering around 80 each day).
The NWS provides the following tips for beating the heat:
- Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
- Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
- During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
- Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
- Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
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