This week began with an excessive-heat warning for Pierce County from the National Weather Service.
The warning was in effect through Monday, when a second consecutive day 90-degree weather. And with more temperatures predicted at least in the low to high 80s for most or all of this week, health concerns related to the heat could continue.
Exposure to excessive heat can cause illness, injury and even death. The elderly, young children and people with chronic health problems are most at risk, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Health authorities recommend protection from heat-related illnesses by:
• Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water; avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol.
• Dressing appropriately in lightweight clothing.
• Avoiding strenuous activity in mid-day.
• Staying indoors and using air conditioning, if possible.
Symptoms of heat-related illnesses to watch for include headache, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, and dizziness or fainting.