Nevada and Southwest region gets excessive heat warnings

LAS VEGAS — Blazing sun and boiling temperatures in Sin City and surrounding areas — the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the entire week, forecasting temperatures of up to 114 degrees.

Temperatures in the Death Valley National Park and in the Lower Colorado river are expected to hit up to 125 degrees.

The heatwave is also affecting millions of people across Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Georgia.

Due to excessive heat conditions in southern Nevada, Clark County is providing a number od cooling stations and seasonal day-time shelters – which are available until September 30th of this year.

In 2017 the Clark County coroners office reported 12 heat-related deaths during an excessive heatwave warning in the Las Vegas Valley.

A Fil-Am primary care doctor warns people not to go outdoors for prolonged periods of time to precent heat stroke and exhaustion.

“There are some medications that are high risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, for example, beta-blockers for the heart and also diuretics pampa ihi these are the medications you need to stay away from the heat and direct sun exposure, because you get more dehydrated,” said Dr. Romualdo Aragon. “I had one case of heat exhaustion which is different from heatstroke. Heat exhaustion you have a headache, nausea, a lot of fatigue vomitting thats a little bit more less life-threatening.”

Although summer is a great time for family picnics medical experts also say that being exposed to the sun and heat from the barbecue area for a long period of time should be avoided.

Other tips include:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
  • Wear light-colored clothing if you’re in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take extra precautions with certain medications.
  • Never leave children or anyone else in a parked car.
  • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Be cautious if you’re at increased risk..)
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