Sizzling temps hitting the Jersey Shore this week. Here are tips to keep cool, stay safe
One place that's escaped most of the heat and the worst of the weather this summer is the Jersey Shore, but it could feel like 104 degrees by the end of the week.
Beach weather this summer has been the best-kept secret - mostly avoiding the rain, no excessive heat waves and warm ocean water. But with the incoming heat, cities like Asbury Park are putting out notices advising readiness for this mid-summer heat.
A heat advisory has been issued from Thursday 11 a.m. to Friday 10 p.m. for western Monmouth, eastern Monmouth, Ocean and southeastern Burlington.
Watch Michele Powers' full forecast below
“It will be a shock. But for the most part, runners, walkers, we're going to get out here earlier, get the job done, get our steps in, and we take it one day at a time,” says Tony Bryson, of the Jersey Shore Running Club.
Bryson says the No. 1 thing that gets people in trouble at the beach is heat and dehydration.
Joe Bongiovanni , an Asbury Park beach safety supervisor, says drinking water is a good thing but that it's important to replace electrolytes.
"Powerade is very good for you. Make sure you're hydrated before you come to the beach. Bananas, raisins, tomatoes, things like that have the potassium that your body needs," Bongiovanni says.
Watch below to see where cooling centers will be available
The Asbury Park Police Department offered the following tips as temperatures heat up:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Stay in an air-conditioned room.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Check up on relatives and neighbors.
- Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
- When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
Watch below for this week's beachcast:
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Police say anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.