How to Beat the Heat This Weekend

By: Sam T. Jensen —

Humboldt/Des Moines, IA — The sun is making its appearance known in Humboldt County.

The next few days temperatures continue to rise well into the 90s. With that in mind, health officials are cautioning people to be prepared for the heat.

Floyd Valley Healthcare E.R. Manager Mary Jo Clark says some people may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their bodies have not yet adjusted to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels.

Warning signs of heat stroke include confusion, slurred speech, nausea, and their skin will be dry, as the body tries to retain moisture. Clark says the best thing you can do to avoid heat exhaustion and stroke is to consume a lot of fluids, including water and sports drinks. Drinks to avoid, according to Clark, are caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

Meteorologist Cory Martin of the National Weather Service in Des Moines says temperatures could reach the triple digits by this weekend in certain parts of Iowa. But as of the writing of this article, no heat advisories, watches, or warnings have been issued.