Heat advisory for portions of South Florida as “feels like” temperature soars to 111

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for portions of South Florida with “feels like” temperatures forecast to hit 111 degrees.

While western areas of Palm Beach County could reach a heat index of 108 today, it’s Collier County that has meteorologists most concerned.

Areas around Everglades City on the southwest coast of the state could hit a heat index as high as 111.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

Coastal Palm Beach County will see highs in the low 90s, but at 9 a.m., the heat index was 97 degrees.

Places more inland, such as Wellington, could reach as high as 95 degrees.

“We continue to expect a hot day across South Florida today,” said NWS meteorologist Robert Garcia. “A heat advisory is in effect for inland Collier County for today and we will continue to monitor forecast trends to see if the heat advisory may need to be expanded to other inland areas.”

Related: The last time it hit 100 degrees in West Palm Beach.

Wellington forecast

Besides a July 20 high temperature of 89 degrees, daytime peaks have reached 90 degrees or warmer since June 23, racking up 30 days of 90-plus scorchers including Monday.

Timothy O’Connor, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, said hospitals have handled four heat-related emergencies since May 1.

“Not an inordinate number,” O’Connor said. “But with the heat index going well above 100 degrees, it’s a good time to remind everyone to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and staying in air conditioning as much as possible.”

Warning signs of heat exhaustion vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms are severe or the victim has heart problems or high blood pressure. Otherwise, help the victim to cool off and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour you should call 911.

What to do if heat exhaustion is suspected:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages, as directed by your physician
  • Rest in an air-conditioned environment
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Protect yourself from sunburn by wearing sunscreen, which damages the skin’s ability to dissipate heat.

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