Excessive heat warning issued through this afternoon
By The Star Staff
An excessive heat warning was issued Sunday that was in effect from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the afternoon, along with an excessive heat watch that will be in effect through this afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service, prolonged periods of dangerously high temperatures and high humidity are expected, with heat index ratings of 112 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Affected areas include urban and coastal areas of Puerto Rico and Culebra.
The combination of high temperatures and high humidity can lead to dangerous situations and increase the risk of heat-related illness.
Authorities recommended taking extra precautions if working or spending time outdoors.
It is important to schedule demanding activities in the early morning or afternoon hours, the advisory said. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned locations. If someone is affected by heat, they should be moved to a cool, shady place immediately. Heat stroke is an emergency -- call 9-1-1.