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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

CDC offers tips for handling the heat

With a heat wave on the way, you probably already know it’s important to stay hydrated, but did you know that very cold drinks can be harmful in hot weather?

The Centers for Disease Control says icy cold beverages should be avoided when it’s super-hot, because they cause stomach cramps.

The CDC also suggests avoiding alcohol and sugary drinks, because they can cause you to lose body fluids.

The agency’s tips for preventing heat-related illness  contain advice you’ve heard before, but is worth a reminder as the mercury rises:

  • Don’t leave children or pets in a parked car.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbors and relatives.
  • Cut down on exercise.

Highs in the upper 80s and low 90s are forecast for the Puget Sound area over the next four days.  In Eastern Washington – and much of the Western U.S. – temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees.

At this point — although it’s nearly a week out — the forecast is smiling on fireworks watchers. Thursday, Independence Day, is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high of 74 in the Seattle area.

 

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