The National Weather Service developed the
heat index to help people identify days when the risk
for a heat illness is higher than normal. During a heat wave, the heat index is
excessive for many days in a row. Everyone has an increased risk for a
heat-related illness during a heat wave.
A heat-related illness can be more serious for:
Other things that affect a person's risk for a heat-related illness
during a heat wave include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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