The National Weather Service (SNM) issued this Friday a heat warning for towns on the north coast of Puerto Ricoincluding several in the metropolitan area, given the probability that heat indices in that area reach 111 degrees Fahrenheit (°F).
The meteorological agency also warned that sectors between the interior east, northeast, east, south and west of the island are also at risk of heat, because the wind chill in that area could exceed 100 °F.
The factors that favor these conditions are the arrival of a dense cloud of Saharan dustwhich will limit rain formation and keep conditions dry, so the heat produced by the sun can spend more time on the surface.
In addition, there is moisture from the tropical wave that passed near the island, so the combination of heat with relative humidity will increase the sensation of heat.
The towns under heat warning are: Bayamón, Carolina, Cataño, Guaynabo, San Juan, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Dorado, Florida, Manatí, Vega Alta, and Vega Baja.
The SNM warning stipulates that the increase in sensation can start as early as 10:00 a.m. and last until 5:00 p.m.
“Hot temperatures and high humidity could cause dehydration and heat exhaustion”underlines the writing.
The SNM previously explained to The new day that a heat hazard is issued when a heat index is forecast between 100°F to 107°F, while the advisory is issued when a heat index is forecast between 108°F to 112°F.
Some of the recommendations to avoid health complications are to wear comfortable clothing, avoid alcohol consumption during hot hours, drink plenty of water and stay in cool areas.
“To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Operations Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Any person affected by heat should be moved to a cool or shaded place. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9-1-1″, recommended the SNM.
For more recommendations about what to do during a heat stroke you can consult here.