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Sacramento’s record-breaking heat wave forced many residents indoors this holiday weekend. .Labor Day should reach at least 110 degrees, depending on the National Weather Service.

Nighttime temperatures should not drop below 74 degrees. Highs are expected above 100 at least through Thursday.

The Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Office of Emergency Services have recommended that you postpone or cancel outdoor events during excessive heat, according to an emailed statement.

Here’s why you should approach this heat with caution – stay cool in air-conditioned indoor spaces or cooling centers whenever possible:

Why is the heat wave so dangerous?

The body needs to cool down at night, especially after a 100 degree day, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. If the air stays too warm, the body works in overdrive to regulate its temperature, making it susceptible to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion, according to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, is the body’s response to excessive loss of water and salt resulting from profuse sweating. Those most at risk are the elderly, people with high blood pressure, those who work in hot conditions, and the homeless.

Heat exhaustion, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening heat stroke.

According to the CDC, heatstroke is the most serious heat-related illness. A body experiencing heatstroke can have a temperature of 106 degrees or more within 15 minutes of heatstroke.

Once the body can no longer control its temperature, it can no longer cool itself, which can cause permanent damage or even death if not treated immediately.

here are the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do if someone you know has one of the following heat-related illnesses, according to the CDC:

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

If someone you know is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 for emergency care.

While waiting for help, move the person to a shaded area, remove their outer layer of clothing, and apply water or ice to their skin and clothing. the CDC wrote on its website. If the person is suffering from heat exhaustion, give them cool water to drink.

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This story was originally published September 5, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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