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Some of the warmest temperatures of the summer, accompanied by high humidity levels, will overtake northeast Michigan and are forecast to remain in place for the entire week.

Most of the region is expected to be in the mid-to-upper 80’s and some locations could reach into the low 90’s. High dew points will make it sticky and uncomfortable at times.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding all residents to stay cool to beat the heat. Since July 1, more than 600 Emergency Department visits have been reported due to sunburn and sun poisoning, heat exhaustion and heat stroke and dehydration.

Health officials say hospital visits for heat-related illnesses generally increase when temperatures rise above 80 degrees.

“It’s important Michiganders stay hydrated and out of the sun as much possible to avoid serious health complications during this hot weather,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “Young children, older adults and those who are have medical conditions are at increased risk for heat-related illness, so be sure to check frequently on them and others in your community who may need additional assistance.”

A list of tips to help prevent heat-related illness can be viewed below. Additional information to protect yourself and your loved ones is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
The normal high temperature for northeast Michigan in mid-July is 80 degrees with a nighttime low of 56.

The weather pattern also calls for an increase in the chance for thunderstorms.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT TIPS TO HELP PREVENT COMPLICATIONS FROM THE HEAT:

Drink more fluids and avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar and alcohol.

Limit outdoor activities to when it’s coolest in the morning and evening.

Spend time indoors in air conditioning.

Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.

Wear sunscreen, as sunburn affects a body’s ability to cool down.
Check on elderly neighbors and relatives to determine if they need assistance.

For those without access to air conditioning, contact your local health department to find out if there is a cooling center nearby.

In addition to staying hydrated and out of the sun, residents are reminded to never leave children or pets alone in a car even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a car can easily be double the temperature outside, and because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s they are more susceptible to heatstroke.

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