Warm Temperatures Expected Through Wednesday

by WHIZ Reporter on July 16, 2012 at 6:29 am

"Hazy, hot and humid" will be the phrase to describe the weather for the next couple of days, and health officials at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department are urging people to keep cool.

Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said children and the elderly are the most at risk for heat-related ailments.

Whitacre said those who are outdoors and participating in strenuous activities should be drinking water frequently.

"The idea is to keep the urine almost a clear color, then you know you’re hydrated well enough. If they get ill, they’ll get dizzy nauseated when a child says, I don’t feel good, mommy, and they’re out in the heat, you need to get them in, and get them cooled off," said Whiacre.

Whitacre said to stay away from drinks high in sugar and to limit outdoor activities during the peak heating hours of the day.

Whitacre added that the elderly do not always have a good sense of hot and cold due to medications and chronic illness.

"Many of them tend not to drink a lot, they can also have chronic conditions where their kidneys don’t work as well, or they’re on water pills, so they’re at an even bigger disadvantage sometimes, some of their medications may even prevent them from sweating or being able to regulate their body heat well," added Whitacre.

Cooling centers are still open around the area.

A list of those cooling centers can be obtained by dialing 2-1-1.