Charlottesville Residents Beat the Heat

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

July 25, 2005

Scorching heat can lead to a variety of heat-related illnesses, from nausea to dizziness.

The National Weather Service is predicating high heat and humidity over the next few days and advising people to stay cool. Local families are taking that advice and doing their best to cope with the blazing heat.

"It was really bad today. It feels [much hotter] than yesterday," said Elaine Shifflett.

It is so hot, that over the next few days, temperature combined with high humidity could push the heat index over 105 degrees.

"Before I go to work, I figured we'd all take a swim and have ourselves a little fun. It's hot, it's real hot," explained Shifflett.

High temperatures and humidity can be especially dangerous to those working outside. For that reason, people like Carroll Herring place wet towels on their heads to keep cool while working in the sun.

"It keeps the sun off my ears, and it's wet, it drips down my shirt, a little damp you know, it helps a whole lot," Herring explained.

To avoid heat dangers, even firefighters are scaling back on all of the fire gear they wear. Fortunately for them however, the heat advisory has not brought on any extra calls. Still, fire official say they're prepared.

"We have ice packs, we have ice water, we advise all of our personnel to drink extra water," said Douglas McGlothilin, of the Charlottesville Fire Department.

Although the National Weather Service warns people to stay indoors, for some, the sunny days are just too much to pass up.

"It's summer, it's July, it will be over soon and we'll all be freezing again," says Denise Redice.

The American Red Cross suggests these tips to stay safe from the heat:

-Wear light clothing
-Wear a hat to keep the sun off of your face
-Drink plenty of water
-Avoid exercising outdoors
-Stay indoors as much as possible

The Heat Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

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