Pittsburgh Area Dealing With 5th Hottest May On Record

Doctors warn the heat can cause health issues

Joe DeStio
May 30, 2018 - 3:45 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - After a chilly April, the Pittsburgh area is on track for the fifth hottest May ever, prompting medical experts to put out a health warning.

In six straight days the area has had high temperatures of 83 degrees or warmer and Tuesday’s high was 91.

Dr. Brian Lamb at Allegheny Health Network tells the KDKA Radio Morning News it’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity.

“Anytime you get above 75 percent humidity your body actually does tend to have difficulty evaporating sweat and thus cooling you down.”

Dr. Lamb says it’s important to start drinking water even before you are exposed to the heat.

Children, the elderly, and anyone with a medical condition are most at risk for heat-related illness.

“People who have obesity, people who have trouble breathing especially with COPD . . . and even young healthy people who work outside,” said Dr. Lamb.

Alcohol has the opposite effect. Dr. Lamb says it dehydrates you. Serious signs of heat illness are when you stop sweating, feel cold to the touch, or confusion.

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