Deep breath. Enjoy that last second of air conditioning before you run to the car, crank it up and pray for the cool to hit you fast.
According to the National Weather Service, Friday's high will be 103 degrees with Saturday's high reaching 104 degrees.
Ready Georgia offers the following tips for managing the heat:
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
- Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment will provide some protection. Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water. People with epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
- Learn about the types of medical conditions that can result from heat waves, and the proper first aid measures that should be taken.
- Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, a thready pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting.
- Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Summon immediate emergency medical assistance.
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