MDFR Issues Public Safety Advice on Miami-Dade’s First-Ever Heat Warning

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – On Sunday, Miami-Dade County issued its first ever extreme heat warning.

According to the National Weather Service, the combination of high temperatures and humidity could push the heat index up to 110 degrees.

On Sunday, Local News 10 spoke to Sunny Isles Beach goers who said they felt like they were playing a game of “the floor is lava.”

“Imagine walking on lava if you don’t wear shoes when you walk on sand. And so it was,” said Nikolai Fedosenko.

“You can feel it. You can feel it on your skin and in the atmosphere. It’s also very humid here,” South Florida resident Ashley Delgado said.

Local meteorologist Luke Dorris called the heat warning a “rare occurrence” in his evening weather report.

“In order for this level of advice to be released, a predicted heat index of 110 or higher would have to take place over an extended period of time, and Miami did see a heat index of 110 today,” he said.

Amid scorching temperatures and high humidity, the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department issued a safety alert on Sunday, reminding people to limit outdoor activities and take a little care of themselves as the heat continues.

“Another way to stay cool is to stay hydrated and drink plenty of cool fluids,” said Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Erica Benitez. “Try to avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, or drinks high in sugar.”

The MDFR also suggested that you can prevent heat-related illnesses by taking the following steps:

• Be sure to drink fluids throughout the day, rather than waiting until you feel thirsty, and avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol.

·• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

• Stay out of the sun during peak heat hours.

• Take frequent breaks if you are doing something else.

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