According to CNN, millions worldwide are currently facing intense heat waves. Although Michigan temperatures are fairly mild, the severe heat could impact your summer travel plans. In the U.S., temperatures in Death Valley, which runs along part of central California’s border with Nevada and is known as “the hottest place on Earth,” reached 128 Fahrenheit (53.3 Celsius) on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. However, many more places around the world are affected. Click here to see the global impact.
What is a Heat Wave?
The National Weather Service states, “a heat wave is a period of abnormally hot weather generally lasting more than two days.” Heat waves can occur whether or not there is humidity present. They can cover large areas and, as a result, impact millions of people. Extreme heat waves impact infrastructure, transportation, water resources, and most importantly—health.
What Are the Risks of Extreme Heat?
- Heat stroke
- Heat exhaustion
- Lightheadedness, nausea, and fainting
- Flare-ups in chronic conditions
- Long-term organ damage or death
Click here to view the full list of dangers reported by the CDC.
How Can I Prevent the Dangers of Heat?
- Timing—try to avoid the outdoors during peak temperatures.
- Stay hydrated.
- Stay cool—find a place with air conditioning, take cool showers, and wear loose clothing.
- Eat a balanced and hydrating diet—such as melons, salads, and other vegetables.
- Rest and limit exercise.
- Never leave someone in a locked vehicle.
Stay safe with these rising temperatures and be sure to share this article with your loved ones.