BOISE – If you think Thursday was hot, just wait until the weekend. Temperatures will jump again, and for the first time this year, many parts of the Treasure Valley will break 100 degrees.
Safety, especially for children, can be a concern when it gets that hot.
Adults usually can tell when they’re getting too hot and usually know what to do about it, but kids, they don't always know or remember to verbalize when they're getting hot, and that can be dangerous.
Summer time. The shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits and heat. It's a great time to be outside. But when it gets too hot, the heat can create problems.
"It's really important when it gets hot like this to think of your children as being a lot more vulnerable than you are," said Dr. Kenny Bramwell with St. Luke's Treasure Valley.
Bramwell says one reason kids are more vulnerable than adults is because they can't dissipate heat as well, so they get hotter faster.
"You want to keep children and adults hydrated,” said Bramwell. “You want to keep them drinking before the feel thirsty.”
Organizers of the Special Olympics Idaho are taking that advice as well as they prepare for the Summer Games on Friday and Saturday. They notified coaches last week to have their athletes prepare for these hotter than normal temperatures.
"The basic stuff, wearing breathable, appropriate clothes, staying in the shade as much as possible, staying hydrated is obviously a big thing. We've put in place some misters that we're going to have at our outdoor venues," said Matt Caropino, Director of Sports and Training for Special Olympics Idaho.
That's the exact advice Dr. Bramwell has for parents and kids to avoid overheating. If they are out in the heat too long, here are some things to watch for.
"Sometimes if somebody is particularly dehydrated they'll slow down their sweating because they don't have the reserve to do that anymore," said Bramwell.
If you see any change in alertness or behavior, Dr. Bramwell says those things are worrisome and warrant medical attention.
"Being flushed, having cramps, feeling really tired, feeling overheated aren't so worrisome, but certainly need the parents to pay close attention to that," said Bramwell.
Something else that is very important is how hot it can get in cars. When temperatures are in the 90s, a car get can as hot as 110 degrees in just 10 minutes.
So remember to remember not to leave kids and pets in cars.
As for the Special Olympics, organizers plan to beat the heat by holding most of the events in the morning before it gets too hot.
Organizers estimate there will be upwards of 700 athletes and around 450 volunteers. If you want to volunteer, there’s still time. Volunteers are mostly needed for basketball at Timberline High School and aquatics at the West YMCA.
For a complete list of events, beginning with opening ceremonies Friday night, click here.