Posted: Jun 7, 2010 8:15 PM by David Ortiviz
Updated: Jun 7, 2010 8:15 PM
97 degrees! That's the new record high for June 7 in Colorado Springs. The old record was 95. Pueblo was hotter though. The Steel City reached a high of 101--tying the old record. Can you believe there are still two more weeks until the official start of summer!
"We love it, we love the hot weather," said a woman in Pueblo. The triple digit heat in Pueblo turned a fountain at 1st and Court St. into an oasis. Kids were jumping up and down to beat the heat. "They're getting all frustrated there at the house, so I just figured I'd bring them somewhere and get them wet," said a man named Gus.
"You like scream when you run through (the water) and it's like cold, so cold," said one kid.
However, when it comes to soaking up the sun, paramedics say it's not always fun and games. "Every spring and summer there will be a handful of occassions maybe someone who's left a child in a car," said Mike Lening, with American Medical Response. Lening says the consequences of can be deadly. He put a thermometer inside his truck to prove his point. "Inside my vehicle with the windows rolled up, it's 112 degrees," said Lening.
Even out in the open, it is blistering hot. A reminder, paramedics say to follow the basics: Wear light clothing and drink plenty of water. "If you wait until you're thirsty you've probably waited too long," said Lening.
Signs of dehydration and heat stroke include dizziness, headache, nausea and dry skin. "Sweating is a good thing, if they stop sweating or get hot dry skin that's a bad sign, they need to get in out of the heat right away," said Lening.
Lening says the elderly and kids are most susceptible to heat related illness, so even when they're out having fun in the sun remind them not to over do it.
Did you know when the temperature gets in the upper 90s, electric fans won't prevent heat-related illnesses? That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You may want to read more of their tips on staying safe and healthy in extreme heat.