An extreme heat event is a weather condition with excessive heat and/or humidity that is defined as a day or series of days when the heat index is expected to be approximately 105 degrees or higher; the NWS has issued a heat advisory; or weather/environmental conditions are high enough to cause heat-related illnesses. Anyone can be a victim of a heat-related illness, however, high-risk groups such as children under 5, young athletes, seniors, people with chronic illnesses or functional needs, are more vulnerable to these illnesses and should take extra precautions.
Prevent heat-related illness
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing; use a hat or an umbrella; apply sunscreen if outside.
- Drink plenty of water; sugary drinks like soda or juice are not as good at cooling your body.
- Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine to avoid dehydration of the body.
- Avoid using salt tablets unless your doctor told you to take them.
- Slow down; avoid heavy activity. If you must be active, do it during the coolest part of the day; take regular breaks when active and rest in a cool place.
- Stay indoors as much as possible; turn on the air conditioning.