Tips for keeping safe in the heat

High heat hit the Marshalltown area over the weekend and on Monday, but temperatures are set to return to a more comfortable level as the week goes on.

According to the National Weather Service, the rest of this week calls for highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. On Saturday, the heat index hit 88 degrees, on Sunday it reached 91 degrees and on Monday it reached 94 degrees. As August turns to early September, the possibility for more high-heat periods remains.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are several ways to stay safe in the high heat of late summer.

•Stay cool by choosing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing

•If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public library, mall or other publicly accessible building to stay in the cool air before going back out in the heat

•Schedule outdoor activities for cooler times of day, such as the early morning or evening hours

•Keep exercise outside to a minimum, work out more slowly and gradually in the outdoor heat

•Wear sunscreen

•Do not leave children or pets in cars

•Avoid “hot and heavy” meals

•Drink more fluids, regardless of activity level — don’t wait until thirsty to drink

•Replace salts and minerals lost to sweat

•Keep an eye on local weather reports

For more tips, visit https://www.cdc.extremeheat.html