MIAMI (FloridaToday.news) – Scorching temperatures in South Florida have led first responders to issue warnings, and meteorologists have issued a first-of-its-kind warning for Miami-Dade County.
Sunday was another hot summer day for the region.
“It makes you want to stay inside,” said Yuria Williams, who traveled from Orlando.
“Today I probably drank about five bottles of water,” said Miami resident Moses Colon.
Residents and visitors who spoke to 7News said the difference from last summer is stark.
“It’s not the typical Florida heat that I grew up with,” Williams said.
The heat index reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It reminds you that water is your best friend,” said Miami resident Julissa Pozos.
The National Weather Service in Miami has issued an extreme heat warning for Miami-Dade County for the first time.
With the combination of extreme heat and humidity, knowing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness is paramount, rescuers say.
“If you feel dizzy, confused, weak, or faint, seek medical attention immediately by calling 911,” Miami Fire Department spokeswoman Erica Benitez said.
These words of caution apply especially to the most vulnerable.
“Children under the age of 5, adults over 65, those with chronic illnesses, outdoor workers and pregnant women are most at risk,” Benítez said.
Fire and rescue officials are also advising people to stay hydrated, wear loose clothing and stay out of the sun as much as possible.
“Very hot,” said Thomas Kuko.
Kuko said he learned this lesson after spending four hours on the water.
“Even the water is very hot,” he said.
Pozos, on the other hand, has withstood sky-high temperatures.
“Hot, but worth it,” she said.
The way Pozos cooled down while reheating food on the grill was to stay in the shade.
“Dude, we’re just doing our best, you know? It’s going to be hot, but I mean, you can’t change the weather, right? So you’re changing the script,” she said, “so we’re out, we’re fried, we’re having a great time, nothing can be fixed.”
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