This week, temperatures have threatened to reach triple digit numbers with heat indexes reaching far over 100 degrees. The rising temperatures have some worried.
“When it gets like this, it’s hard to stay cool,” said Chad Cain of Vaiden. “These are the times you want to get out as early as possible to get yard work done, because it’s not going to cool off for the rest of the day.”
Temperatures starting Thursday are expected to reached the mid 90s, and by the weekend and early next week, temperatures will creep higher to nearly 100 degrees.
Carroll County Coroner Ken Strachan said citizens should remember to check on people who don’t have relatives nearby.
“The fact is that some elderly people are very vulnerable in this type of weather and will be helped by people checking in on them,” Strachan said. “I encourage people to check on them and make sure that they are hydrated. People need to remain cool through the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours when it heats up.”
Carroll County Sheriff Carver said those outside in the heat of the day like gardeners, farmers and roofers should also take caution, as the later it gets in the day, the hotter it becomes.
“Anybody that is working outside, just remember that starting early will keep you cool,” Carver said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several factors affect the body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions related to risk include age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use.
So far in August, there have been two reported heat-related deaths in Mississippi. A concrete worker in Jackson County died of hyperthermia while working on Mississippi Highway 613 in Moss Point earlier this month, and an 81 year-old Hamilton woman in Monroe County died of a heat stroke on her back porch in the first weekend of the August.
“Heat strokes can happen really fast,” Strachan said. “Numbness on the side of a person’s face is usually the sign of one.”
Strachan said those who are working in gardens, should be careful and take frequent breaks to prevent overheating.
“Anybody that is working outside, just remember that starting early will keep you cool,” Strachan said.