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Meteorologists warn temperatures could pass 100F this week

Meteorologists are urging the public to exercise caution between today and Friday as temperatures could peak as high as 106 degrees Fahrenheit this week.

The excessive heat event advisory issued earlier this week indicated that temperatures are likely to be at their most intense between 9am and 4:30pm from Wednesday to Friday.

A decrease in wind speeds as the weekend approaches coupled with existing humidity will affect the heat index pushing it into the moderate category.

An excessive heat outlook is issued when the potential exists for an excessive heat event; a heat index of 38 C (100 F) or higher accompanied by a mean wind speed of 18 km/h (11 mph) or less, over 3 to 7 days.

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service noted that they will continue to monitor conditions as it may be necessary to issue a heat watch or warning.

While increased temperatures pose a risk to all, children, the elderly, the unsheltered, those with chronic illnesses and in particular respiratory illnesses and those who work outdoors are at increased risk of heat related illnesses.

During periods of increased heat, it is beneficial to consume more water to stave off dehydration. Beverages containing caffeine and alcohol, which are both dehydrating, and hot beverages should be avoided.

Wearing light weight, absorbent clothing and taking cool showers are also helpful.

If you or someone near you is experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps or other heat related illnesses, efforts should be made immediately to move to a cool area, remove heavy clothing and offer cool beverages like low sugar sports drinks or water.

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