Latest Heat index Stories

2010-07-02 13:01:00

VALHALLA, N.Y., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The warm weather usually means lots of summer fun and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the combination of high heat and high humidity often become very dangerous. Temperatures over the next few days are expected to be in the upper 90's with a heat index of over 100 and that can often cause health problems especially in older adults and infants. High temperature and increased humidity can be very dangerous for both of these groups as...

2009-08-06 16:12:02

Check the heat index, a U.S. sports health expert tells those exercising or competing in summer's heat and humidity. Gary Sforzo of Ithaca College in New York said checking the heat index before working out will help avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The heat index combines the ambient temperature and humidity, Sforzo explains. Exercising in 100 degree heat in Texas when humidity is about 50 percent requires the same level of caution as exercising on the East Coast in 90 degree heat with...

2008-08-10 09:00:30

By TINI TRAN By Tini Tran The Associated Press BEIJING After all the worries about Beijing's pollution, in the end, withering heat and humidity took a greater toll on Olympic athletes. Saturday marked the first outdoor endurance competition - the grueling 152-mile men's cycling road race that started at the historic Temple of Heaven and wound up at the Great Wall. The capital's thick haze from the last few days lifted a bit, allowing sunlight through as riders wound their way...

2008-08-01 18:00:04

By CRAIG KOPLIEN Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States. Heat waves have been responsible for an average of at least 237 deaths a year since 1997. In Wisconsin since 1982, heat waves have been responsible for more deaths than all other natural disasters combined. From 1982 through 2006, the direct cause of at least 115 deaths was heat. Plus, heat was considered an indirect cause of at least 95 other deaths. The summer of 1995 heat waves hold the record as the No....

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