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Beating the heat

Samantha Lewakowski • Jul 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

With forecasted temperatures racing well past 80 degrees and a heat index expected to surpass 100 in the coming days, people around West Michigan are taking notice, and taking precautions. 

Mike Megna said his West Michigan Roofing and Construction employees are on the job rain or shine, but when it comes to intense heat, they play it safe.

“You have to keep in mind that when it gets this hot and humid, it feels like 100 to 110 degrees on top of roofs,” Megna said. “Our first priority is to try to keep good attention to the workers’ hydration. Another huge thing is what we wear — you just have to cover your skin.”

The company does its best to continue its scheduled work, but it’s common for schedules to change in response to the sweltering conditions.

“Our crews will pull off the job early due to the heat,” Megna said. “We try to get out there as early as the neighbors will let us — if we can start work at 6 a.m. and stay in the shade for as long as possible, that’s way more productive.”

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21 until 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

According to the NWS, temperatures will climb into the 90s with high humidity both Thursday and Friday. Heat index ratings will soar to around 100 both afternoons. Thursday night, lows will only be in the upper 70s and very muggy, not allowing recovery from the heat. 

Impacts from prolonged exposure to the heat could include heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

In response to the heat, there will be cooling stations open to the public in an effort to combat overheating and provide an air-conditioned sanctuary. They include: 

Spring Lake

Barber School

102 Savidge St., open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Haven

City Hall, welcomed in Council Chambers

519 Washington Ave., open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Water Fountain/Splash Pad

Ferrysburg

City Hall

17290 Roosevelt Rd., open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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