Boston and surrounding areas are under a "heat advisory" today and tomorrow.

Just exactly what IS a Heat Advisory?  According to WCVB-TV, a heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected for a period of time.  The combination of high temps and humidity will create a situation where illness is possible, so the report recommends the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay in the air conditioning
  • Stay out of the sunshine
  • Check up on relatives and neighbors to make sure they are cool and safe.
  • Re-schedule, if possible, outdoor activities.

Early signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke according to WebMD:

  • A core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.