Though there are no guarantees when it comes to forecasting the weather on Aug. 21, 2017, history is a guide. And in mid- to late August, one word sums up the conditions you can expect in and around Carbondale: hot. Temperatures generally run in the upper 80s to low 90s with high relative humidity.

Health and Safety in Hot Weather

Visitors to Southern Illinois may experience warmer, more humid temperatures than at home. Thus, it will be important for visitors and residents alike to be mindful of hot weather health and safety practices, as the climate in Southern Illinois can be dangerously hot in late summer.

The most important hot weather safety tip would be to limit outdoor activities in extremely hot temperatures. If you need to be outdoors – and given the special occasion, chances are good you will – make sure you take the following precautions:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, though you should avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and sunscreen.
  • Take breaks from the sun and heat whenever possible.
  • Pace yourself throughout the day.
  • Watch out for each other – especially children, the elderly, those with health conditions, and pets.

You should be on the lookout for heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include: fast and shallow breathing, headaches, dry mouth, pale or clammy skin, muscle cramps, tiredness, disorientation, sweating, fainting, nausea, and vomiting. More serious symptoms of heat stroke include: dizziness, sudden rise in body temperature, dry skin (due to lack of sweating), nausea or vomiting, confusion, throbbing headache, rapid pulse, and unconsciousness. If you or someone you are with experiences any of these symptoms, get out of the heat and seek immediate medical attention. If you are feeling warm and uncomfortable, you may be able to save yourself a lot of trouble by taking care of yourself in hot weather and prevent any serious heat-related illness.