While the thought of sunshine and hot days is what you look forward to in the cold winter nights, extreme heat is a weather emergency that can affect us all.

Heat waves are most likely to occur in the earlier summer, and the intensity of the heat necessary to be called a heat wave varies with the location.

What is A Heat Wave?

A heat wave is an extended period of abnormally hot and usually humid weather, usually lasting from a few days to over a week. Extreme heat can manifest in several ways:

  • A spell of sweltering humidity, which reaches levels commonly associated with moist tropical regions.
  • A excessively dry condition, in which strong winds and blowing dust can worsen the situation.
  • A rise in the heat index, the body’s perception of the apparent temperature based on both the air’s real temperature and the amount of moisture present in the air.

Safety & Preparedness Tips

If your area experience an extended period of high temperatures, follow these precautions to keep yourself & loved ones safe from the heat.

  • Stay indoors as much as possible & limit exposure to the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat light, well-balanced meals—limit proteins if possible.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.

Be Prepared!

Listen to weather advisories from the local news. Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings should be issued when heat waves are forecasted.

Consider spending time in air-conditioned, public places such as libraries, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.

Stock up on water—and drink more than your normal amount!