Extreme Heat is a period of dangerously high temperatures over a prolonged period of time. The National Weather Service will initiate alert procedures when the Heat Index is expected to exceed 105-110 degrees (depending on local climate) for at least 2 consecutive days. Those at highest risk, for heat-related illnesses, include people 65 and older, children younger than two and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.
Precautions during extreme heat events:
Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest
Drink more water
Avoid drinks with alcohol or added sugars
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
Do not leave children or pets in vehicles, even for short amounts of time
Check on family and neighbors, especially those without AC