GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The steamy weather continues to grip West Michigan.
Thursday will be another hot day, with highs in the 90s and afternoon heat index values ("feels like readings") likely to hit the 100-degree mark in many inland areas. Showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday, with much cooler temperatures for the weekend.
Several West Michigan hospitals told 24 Hour News 8 they haven't seen many patients suffering from dehydration or heat stroke.
Some tips to be safe this time of year --
- Stay hydrated; don't just drink a lot of fluids, but the proper ones; avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and sugary drinks
- Wear sunscreen, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and a hat while outside
- Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning
- If you don't have air conditioning, then spend some time at a facility that does, such as a mall or library
- Elderly residents have a much more difficult time dealing with the heat, so check on family members and neighbors
Many dispatchers have received calls this week from people spotting pets left in hot vehicles. Police told 24 Hour News 8 it is OK to call 911 if you see such a situation, as it is an emergency. Authorities will then send Animal Control to the scene or investigate themselves. Keep your pets inside your home as often as possible, and make sure they have plenty of water to drink.
A gallon of unleaded gasoline is being sold for less than $3 at some stations in West Michigan.
Temperatures in West Michigan are expected to drop dramatically over the course of the next few days.
Joshua Hoppe, 30, from Zeeland was a teacher with Hamilton Community Schools.