DEARBORN — With a heat advisory in effect for Southeast Michigan from independence day weekend through Wednesday, Metro-Detroiters have had to work to stay cool throughout the work week.
The intense heat was a result of a high pressure system moving east, allowing moisture to enter the area from the south, creating a hot and humid atmosphere. According to the national weather service, temperatures throughout the week remained in the low to mid 90s with the heat index approaching 100.
The intense temperatures have resulted in the rise of heat-related illness, as hospitals report an increase in the number of patients this past week.
According to the CDC, there are about 700 heat related death a year, and that number is expected to rise due to the current climate changes. Fortunately though, most heat-related deaths can be prevented.
“Avoiding or rescheduling strenuous activities during heat waves, drinking lots of water, and dressing in light-colored, loose fitting clothing are all important behavior changes,” the CDC advises.
In addition to these behavioral changes, the primary way to avoid heat-related illnesses is to stay out of the heat.
In response to the heat wave, Dearborn city officials opened cooling centers to the general public. During regular business hours on July 6 and 7, the city’s four public libraries and the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center allowed citizens to come in to the air conditioned buildings and cool off.
For more information about heat illness and how to maintain good health in a heat wave visit //www.cdc.gov/climatechange/effects/heat.htm.
For more information on Dearborn’s cooling centers call 313.943.2350 or 313.943.2330.