MIAMI – The National Weather Service has expanded its heat advisory for South Florida.
Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-90s. However, in combination with humidity, thermal performance will be from 105 to 110 degrees. The recommendation is valid until 20:00 Wednesday.
As of July 4, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties have a heat advisory in place.
The National Weather Service issues a heat alert when a heat index of 105 degrees or higher is expected for at least two hours.
In line with this advice, everyone is urged to take precautions, especially those most at risk such as children, infants, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, outdoor workers and pregnant women.
People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, but avoid those that contain caffeine, high sugar content, and alcohol. Stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors.
Limit the time you work or spend time outside. Wear light, light-colored and loose clothing. If you are outside, wear a hat and sunscreen to protect your face and scalp from harmful UV rays.
If you must be outside, slow down, take breaks in a shady or cool place, and drink cool liquids every hour.
If you feel dizzy, confused, weak, or faint, seek medical attention immediately by calling 911.
For dog owners who want to take their four-legged friends for a walk, it is important to remember the seven second rule. Place your hand on the concrete for seven seconds. If you are too hot, then your pet is too hot.