South Florida faces extreme heat and authorities ask to take precautions

South Florida faces extreme heat and authorities ask to take precautions
South Florida faces extreme heat and authorities ask to take precautions

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava urges everyone to take precautions in the face of extreme heat. (Opy Morales)

The South Florida authorities have issued Heat advisories in effect for Saturday and the entire region faces high temperatures and constant humidity. Residents of Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe They are particularly on alert due to the potential risk of extreme temperatures. These advisories are in effect until 8 p.m. and affected areas should take precautions to avoid health problems.

Heat index values will reach maximums of between 41°C to 43°C (106°F to 110°F). These extremely high temperatures began to be felt Saturday morning May 18with temperatures close to 27°C (80°F) from early on, and thermal sensations bordering on 35°C (95°F) before 8am On the other hand, humidity will continue to be an aggravating factor throughout the weekend, increasing the feeling of sultry.

He Friday the 17th marked the first official heat warning by 2024 in South Florida. This notice covered Miami-Dade of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.and also to Monroe Countywhere the notice was extended until 6 p.m. The extreme heat did not stop and the situation continued on Saturday, with Miami-Dade again under alert since 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Authorities issue heat warnings until 8 pm in Miami-Dade and Monroe. (Infobae Archive)

In a Press releasethe Miami-Dade County authorities They urged residents to take precautions during their weekend plans. In the words of the county mayor, Daniella Levine Cava“We want our residents and visitors to be aware of the potential risks of extreme heat so that we can all take the appropriate precautions to stay safe and healthy here in County Miami-Dade”.

He storm prediction center has pointed out a level 1 marginal risk of severe storms, especially in the broward countygiven the possible arrival of a climate front that could generate heavy storms on Saturday afternoon, adding another weather risk to the high temperatures.

In an effort to prevent health complications, Levine Cava also encouraged residents to “do a heat check: drink water, rest and seek shade if you are working or playing outdoors this week.” Miami-Dade County He also called on employers to modify work schedules and placesin addition to providing breaks in the shade and plenty of drinking water to workers exposed to heat.

The heat index in Miami-Dade will reach between 41°C and 43°C this weekend. (Photo by Giorgio Viera / AFP)

He south florida emergency response recommends all residents to be vigilant and follow these tips, underlining the importance of staying hydrated and in cool places during peak heat hours to avoid heat stroke and other related problems.

The combination of heat and humidity Not only does it affect comfort, but it can also become a serious public health challenge. Potential stormswhile adding another risk factor, could also offer some temporary relief from extreme heat, albeit creating a double-risk situation.

Among the suggested measures, stand out stay indoors as far as possible, avoid strenuous physical activities during the hottest hours of the day, and ensure that the most vulnerable—the elderly, young children, and people with pre-existing conditions—have fresh and safe environments.

With this data in mind, authorities continue to monitor the situation and are expected to issue more information and recommendations as the days progress. Residents must stay informed through official channels and be prepared to adapt to climate changes.

The Red Cross and the National Weather Service (NWS) They have a series of recommendations to face days with high temperatures and avoid health problems.

The humidity aggravates the heat situation in South Florida this Saturday, May 18. (Illustrative Image Infobae)

  • The general basic recommendation is to stay hydrated, wear light clothing and protect yourself from the sun if you are going to do outdoor activities.
  • One of the first warnings is related to vehicles, since the heat inside a car can be deadly. “Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The interior temperature of the vehicle can quickly reach 120 degrees,” warns the Red Cross.
  • It is also recommended to avoid excessive consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, seek relief from the heat during the hottest hours of the day in places like libraries, theaters, and shopping malls.
  • It is also advisable to avoid extreme changes in temperature. Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors and check frequently to make sure pets are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and shade.
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