High temps predicted for Fairfield County; heat safety tips for man and beast

Fairfield County and the surrounding area will see high temperatures for the next several days, with the high hovering around 90 degrees or more until next Friday, according to the National Weather service.

On Saturday, it will be sunny with a high near 93 degrees and a northwest wind from 9 to 14 mph. Saturday night will  be clear with a low around 72.

Sunday, the high will be around 88 degrees, dropping to 73 Sunday night.

Monday is predicted to have a 20% chance of showers after 1 p.m. Otherwise a high near 89 is predicted. Monday night the percentage of showers increases to 30% with a drop in temperature to 75.

Tuesday's high is expected to be 91, dropping to 73 at night, and Wednesday's high is close to 87, dropping to 73 at night.

Thursday's high is near 86, dropping to 72 at night — and on Friday, the high is its lowest in days, about 83 degrees.

The Center for Disease Control recommends the following when dealing with extreme heat:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.

  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.

  • Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.

  • Avoid direct sunlight.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

  • Take cool showers or baths.

  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

To avoid dehydration:

  • Drink more water than usual.

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.

  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.

  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.

  • Remind others to drink enough water.

Never leave children in a parked car — especially in extreme heat. When traveling with infants or small children, always check the backseat before leaving the car.

Editorial: Check the backseat

More info: cdc.gov

Pet safety

The Humane Society of the United States offers pet safety tips in heat. They say never to leave a pet in a parked car — not even for a minute. and not even with the car running and air conditioner on.

On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

More info: humanesociety.org