Heat wave rolls across U.S.

Jasmine Phu

June 8, 2011

Summer is finally here and, in some parts of the country, the season appears to making itself known with a vengeance – AARP.org reports that parts of the East Coast are being hit with historically high temperatures. Officials believe that, by the middle of the week, some records could be broken.

Other regions are being affected by extreme heat as well. Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey are expected to sweat quite a bit. Temperatures in Philadelphia are expected to beat out records for the city set in 2008 and 1933. Minneapolis was hit by 102-degree highs recently.

All of this means one thing for Americans – keep cool and keep hydrated. While it's tempting to go out and enjoy the beach, remember to pile on the sunscreen and bring jugs of water, as well as an umbrella.

At home, make sure that rooms stay comfortably cool and there's no spot where one starts to sweat uncomfortably. Seniors, who are more vulnerable to dehydration and heat sickness than others, may want to take an extra precaution by installing medical alarm systems throughout the home in case they need to immediately send a medical alert to a call center.