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If you see this new color on weather maps in Idaho, stay indoors
If you see this new color on weather maps in Idaho, stay indoors

If you live in Idaho, you’re no stranger to the colors on an air quality map. It seems like every year, high school sports practices and other outdoor events are canceled or postponed due to “unhealthy” air quality. You may be familiar with each of the air quality colors, but now there’s a new color system you should be familiar with.

Especially as Idaho prepares for a very unpleasant string of triple-digit days. Longest strand The highest temperature in the Boise area is 9 days. This occurred in 2003, 2006, 2015 and most recently from June 28 to July 6, 2021.

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There is a very real possibility that we will break this record in the coming weeks. While the National Weather Service predicts high temperatures just seven days in advance, The weather underground has released its forecasts through July 21. If their prediction is correct, we could see 14 days in a row of triple-digit temperatures. These temperatures can be extremely dangerous.

Thermometer shows one hundred degrees on a weathered wall made of wooden shingles

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that in a typical year, about 702 Americans die from heat-related illnesses. In Phoenix alone, more than 560 people died during a heat wave in 2023. The Texas Tribune According to reports, more than 300 people also died in the Lonestar State due to the extreme heat.

For this reason, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the CDC are working together on a new experimental HeatRisk card in 2024. The goal is to create a forecast of how dangerous heat might affect activities over a 24-hour period. To create this forecast, they look at how unusual the temperature is for the time of year, how long the heat lasts during the day and night, and whether temperatures could pose a risk for heat-related impacts based on data from the CDC.

The map was officially launched in early May and the forecast is displayed using a color system similar to that used for air quality. The colors are green, yellow, orange, red and magenta.

Stay indoors if you see this color on the heat risk map

Traditionally, people think that the color red represents the worst case scenario on weather maps, magenta is the worst color on the HeatRisk map. Magenta means “extreme,” which NOAA describes as follows:

This type of extreme heat, which is rare and/or long-lasting, with little or no overnight relief, affects anyone who is not adequately cooled and/or hydrated. Most health systems, heat-sensitive industries and infrastructure are likely to be affected.

In other words, if Boise does indeed turn magenta this summer (most likely this week), skip that afternoon stroll in the Greenbelt on those days. Stay indoors and enjoy the air conditioning. Wear light and lightweight clothing if you must be outside, and stay hydrated as much as possible.

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In addition to staying hydrated, make sure you’re getting the right amount of electrolytes. The author is prone to heat-related illnesses and once flushed all the salt out of her body by drinking only water before a cross-country race on a hot evening. She collapsed at the finish line. 0/5 stars. Not recommended.

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