PROTECTING YOURSELF DURING EXTREME HEAT
People living in Antelope Valley are no stranger to high temperatures and heat during the summer months. Residents should be aware of how to deal with extreme heat. Humans have a line of defense in dealing with summer heat: sweating. As heat rises and hydration is not efficient, the evaporation of sweat, which is what cools your body down, can’t happen as fast, and your body can’t cool itself as quickly. When our bodies can’t cool themselves fast enough, body temperature, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur.
People living in or visiting Palmdale should pay attention to the “Heat Index.” This was created to help individuals realize just how hot it is, and what the effect of some atmospheric conditions such as dew point and humidity could have on the body. The heat index will tell you “how hot it feels.”