The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning on Thursday for Southeastern Michigan due to hazardous weather. Temperatures in Ypsilanti are expected to top 90° by 1 p.m. and feel like 100°.
"Take extra precautions ... if you work or spend time outside. When possible ... reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening," the report states.
Temperatures at night will reach the mid to upper 70s, limiting the possible relief from the heat.
Snow Heath Center warned the EMU community to take precautions to avoid heat-induced illnesses. Some of these include:
- Drinking water and other fluids that will help replenish electrolytes.
- Eating more meals that are healthier and don't require a stove to cook.
- Turning off appliances and lights that create excess heat.
- Avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
- Wearing lighter-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- Avoiding outdoor activities during the warmest day and plan to visit buildings with air conditioning.
- Using water to cool off.
- Keeping your pets out of the heat and having plenty of water available for them.
They also warned to understand the symptoms of major types of heat-related illnesses. Some of these include:
- Heat cramps: profuse sweating with involuntary spasms of the large muscles in the body.
- Heat exhaustion: profuse sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, lightheadedness and muscle cramps.
- Heat stroke: Confusion, agitation, disorientation, the absence of sweating and coma.
The excessive heat warning will be active through Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m.