Summer Heatwave Is Taking Toll In Eastern U.S.

As summer temperatures reach record highs up and down the east coast, reports of heat stroke are on the rise

From the Carolinas to Maine, the eastern United States is in the throes of a summer heatwave that is already responsible for a high number of heat-related illnesses and even deaths. Mayors of several major cities, including Boston and New York City, have declared heat emergencies, and New York City's mayor went so far as to cancel its famous triathlon race through the streets of Manhattan in July.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 150 million people in both the central and eastern regions of the U.S. are facing intense heat this summer, both during the day and overnight. High night-time temperatures can significantly compound the dangerous effects of a heatwave for people without air conditioning because they don't get a chance to recover overnight.

Residents of urban areas like Washington, D.C. and New York City have the added "heat island' effect to contend with. This effect is created by the predominance of dark concrete and pavement, which absorbs heat quickly and releases it slowly. Thus, cities can be 20 or more degrees hotter than rural areas. Residents of coastal areas also tend to suffer more from heat due to high humidity, which can prevent sweat from evaporating and cooling the body naturally.

During a heatwave, people are at an increased risk of suffering heat stroke, which has already accounted for 4 deaths in the state of Maryland this summer, along with 2 more in Arizona and Arkansas. With temperatures soaring high into the nineties and beyond and heat indexes registering in the 100s, the hardest hit are the elderly, infants and children under the age of four, outdoor laborers, and pets. Those without access to air conditioning are the most vulnerable.

The National Weather Service recommends staying indoors in air-conditioned buildings whenever there is a heat advisory in effect. However, when temperatures were at their highest in late July, many residents discovered that their HVAC units were not up to the task of cooling their homes. Consequently, HVAC companies have been struggling to meet the demand for ac repair and new installations.

Other safety recommendations include staying out of the sun, checking on young and elderly friends or family members, staying hydrated, and minimizing strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. It's also important to recognize the symptoms of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke and to take action quickly.

Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke result when the body overheats and is not able to cool itself. Heat exhaustion is often characterized by dizziness, weakness, nausea, pallor, and a faint, rapid pulse. A person with heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool place, given sips of water, and cooled down with cold cloths.

Heat stroke is a more serious condition, and its symptoms may include some form of cognitive impairment, headache, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness. Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency, and the first response to heat stroke should be a call to 911. If untreated, victims can suffer severe and potentially fatal complications, including swelling of the brain and organ failure.

Although temperatures have come down somewhat since July, summer heat remains a concern in the eastern U.S. Residents are encouraged to continue taking sensible precautions throughout the month of August, including staying out of the heat and getting ac repair if needed.

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