And with more hot days ahead, WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to experts about the risks… and how to keep cool.
If you spent any time outdoors Wednesday, you likely heard one consistent description.
“It’s hot. It’s very hot,” said construction worker Jerry Kennedy
“It’s sultry,” visitor Jeffrey Kemp added.
Record high temperatures for New Orleans recorded at Armstrong International Airport topped a searing 97-degrees.
Add humidity and it felt like 105 to 108 degrees.
It’s why a heat advisory was issued until 8pm.
Jeffrey Kemp is visiting from Los Angeles. Here’s how he described it.
“It’s like being in a warm bath and kind of taking the bath around with you wherever you go,” Kemp said.
New Orleans EMS workers have been busy all summer with heat related calls.
“We had a total of 37 heat-related emergencies that we responded to in July,” Spokeswoman Liz Belcher said. Trotter asked, “How are we doing this month? “As of yesterday we’re already up to 17,” Belcher replied.
Construction workers and others who work outdoors are especially at risk of heat related dangers; including swelling, dehydration, and heat exhaustion.
“But you can also have a heat stroke and a lot of times that does come on suddenly,” Tulane University’s Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Gregory Stewart said.
Dr. Stewart says you don’t have to work outside to be at risk.
Because extreme temperatures can be dangerous to anyone out and about, he advises.
“Change the time that you’re outside,” Stewart said. “Limit your exposure outside, and make sure that you’re very well hydrated.”
Like the crew with KAM’s Construction that was out installing street car shelters along Canal Street.
“Gatorade, PowerAde, water, constantly both of our crews the one down there and this one as well. We’ve been through two ice chests of water already today,” Kennedy said.
Experts warn to keep an eye on senior citizens, young children, and pets.