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A heat wave is an extended period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather. A heat wave lasts typically two or more days.These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Stay informed about the types of medical conditions that can result from heat waves, and the proper first aid measures that should be taken.
Before a Heat Wave
- Prepare for a heat wave by checking to see if your home's cooling system is working properly.
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
- Plan on being inside a cool building during the hottest time of the day.
During a Heat Wave
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
- Make sure you remain properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Eat light, well-balanced meals.
- Dress in light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
Watches and Warnings
A Heat Advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of the following conditions: heat index of at least 105°F but less than 115°F for less than 3 hours per day, or nighttime lows above 80°F for 2 consecutive days.
The Heat Index or the "Apparent Temperature" is an accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the Relative Humidity is added to the actual air temperature.
For more information, visit the FEMA website.