Hot July weather is returning to Iowa this week. Today brings us one more day of near-normal temperatures in the mid 80s across Iowa. Beginning tomorrow, temperatures will be on the rise, as highs should top out in the upper 80s to mid 90s across the state. These warmer temperatures will persist into next week, with the possibility of every day being above 90 degrees in Des Moines next week. With dewpoint values in the low 70s, heat index values will near 100 degrees across central to southern Iowa much of next week.
Be aware that the sun’s rays are hottest between 10 am and 4 pm. So, it’s best to stay indoors during those times. If you are heading outside, make sure to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you walk outdoors.
According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are some of the illnesses that people outside can face. Heat exhaustion can cause excessive sweating, clammy skin, dizziness, along with nausea. If you experience heat exhaustion, drink water and get to a cooler environment. A cold shower can also help.
Heat stroke can also cause nausea, as well as headaches and a body temperature of more than 103 degrees. If you are experiencing a heat stroke, you should call for emergency help.