The sun beat down from a cloudless sky Tuesday afternoon as the mercury soared into the upper 90s in Edison. Sweat poured off of anyone walking or even standing in the simmering heat…Heat stroke, in which the body loses its ability to control its temperature, can be fatal if untreated. Heat also diminishes cognition, meaning we’re simply not as smart, and maybe not as careful, when we’re very hot, said Alfred Tallia, chair of family medicine and community health at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick…As hot as it feels, David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University, said there have been plenty of comparable sizzling spells in recent years. For example, from July 21-23, 2011, the temperature in Newark hit 103, 108 and 102, respectively, as part of a 14-day stretch of 90-plus degree heat.
/ / / As the N.J. heat wave wears on, staying cool means staying healthy