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Heat Wave Hits Upper Valley

  • Tracy Billado, of Hanover, N.H., gets some sun at the Storrs Pond Recreation Center off Oak Hill Drive in Hanover, N.H., on Friday, June 29, 2018. "My job is pretty hectic, so when I come here I can relax," Billado said. Billado has a season pass to Storrs Pond and enjoys seeing the kids and families play around her and search for tadpoles. (Valley News - August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Staff Writer
Saturday, June 30, 2018

West Lebanon — With high heat and humidity in the forecast over the next five days, officials in the Twin States are warning the public to take precautions.

The warnings came on Friday as forecasters predicted temperatures will be in the 90s, Sunday through Wednesday. Monday is expected to be the hottest, with a high of 98 predicted for White River Junction, according to the National Weather Service.

Heat-related illnesses can include sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but they can be avoided.

“With the upcoming extreme heat, it is now more important than ever that Granite Staters and visitors take some time to learn the signs and take the necessary steps to prevent heat-related illness,” New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in a Friday news release.

Seniors, young children and people with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Services Unit Leigh Cheney said in the release.

“I ask all Vermonters to take extra caution with children and pets who cannot care for themselves, and to check on the elderly and those who may otherwise need special assistance to make sure they are okay,” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said in a separate release on Friday.

Muscle cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, headaches or light-headedness are signs of heat illnesses, according to the Vermont release. Most can be treated by drinking water and resting in a cool place, but people should call 9-1-1 if symptoms worsen; or if someone becomes confused or loses consciousness.

To prevent heat-related illness people can:

— Wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.

— Avoid leaving children, seniors, pets or people with health conditions in a parked vehicle.

— Stick to cool places like basements or air-conditioned rooms. Those without such spaces at home can go to an air-conditioned public building, such as a public library or shopping mall.

— Drink more water than usual, even before thirst hits. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.

— Periodically swim, play under a sprinkler or take a cool shower.

— Reduce outdoor work and exercise, and limit it to the cooler parts of the day.

— Ask for help in the case of illness.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services issued a cyanobacteria beach advisory and lake warning for Chase Beach on Post Pond, a popular place to cool off in Lyme.

Based on a visual inspection, a cyanobacteria bloom is accumulating at Chase Beach, according to the DES news release.

Cyanobacteria blooms are caused by a variety of factors including warm water temperatures, high light availability and nutrient loading, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Chase Beach bloom appeared white, indicating cell death. Toxins, which can cause health affects, may be released as the bloom decays.

DES urges lake users to avoid water that has surface scum, green streaks or blue-green flecks aggregating along the shore. NHDES also asks pet owners to keep their pets out of such water.

If people are exposed to toxins released by cyanobacteria blooms, they may experience acute health effects including irritation of skin and mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. Chronic health effects can include liver and central nervous system damage.

The advisory will remain in effect until additional samples — which DES will collect weekly — reveal cyanobacteria levels have diminished.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.