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  • Heat -- A Major Killer!
    Updated On: Jul 25, 2022

    Heat can be a killer.  The combination of hot weather and high humidity can quickly cause heat-related illness to set in. The National Weather Service issues advisories for high heat to warn you of the dangers.

    An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 12 to 48 hours. A watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased, but its occurrence and timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so, such as established individual city excessive heat event mitigation plans.

    An Excessive Heat Warning/Advisory is issued when an excessive heat event is expected in the next 36 hours. These alerts are issued when an excessive heat event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence. The warning is used for high heat conditions that pose a significant threat to life. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant discomfort or inconvenience and, if caution is not taken, could lead to a threat to life.

    Heat can be a killer.  The combination of hot weather and high humidity can quickly cause heat-related illness to set in. The National Weather Service issues advisories for high heat to warn you of the dangers.

    An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 12 to 48 hours. A watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased, but its occurrence and timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so, such as established individual city excessive heat event mitigation plans.

    An Excessive Heat Warning/Advisory is issued when an excessive heat event is expected in the next 36 hours. These alerts are issued when an excessive heat event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence. The warning is used for high heat conditions that pose a significant threat to life. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant discomfort or inconvenience and, if caution is not taken, could lead to a threat to life.

    The NWS heat alerts are based mainly on the Heat Index. The heat index takes into account heat and humidity.

    Safety Tips

    • Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
    • Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
    • Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
    • Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
    • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
    • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment affords some protection.
    • Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.


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