Dangerous Heat Indices Forecast for This Weekend
A significant heat wave is expected this weekend and into early next week. Peak heat indices of 100 to 105 are forecasted Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Only minimal relief from the heat is expected at night with heat likely to remain in the 90s through the evenings.
Extreme Heat Safety Tips:
- Limit outdoor exposure, especially during the warmest part of the day (typically 11 am to 2 pm).
- Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
- Stay indoors, and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning or it fails, go to a public building with air conditioning such as a shopping mall, public library, or community center.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- If you must be outside, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
- Avoid strenuous activity. If you must work, take frequent breaks.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 or older
- People who have a mental illness
- Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
- Get to know symptoms for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunburn and how to respond immediately.