The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) notifies the community of a level III “heat outlook.” Level III indicates a sustained heat index between 90 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit for two consecutive days.
With ongoing Fiesta events, including parades, Metro Health reminds the community to take precautions against increasing heat, including proper hydration and protection from the sun. Additionally, people should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, children, and people with special needs, to ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible health effects resulting from this heat level and heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.
Warning signs of heatstroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly -- not with an ice bath, but by spraying the child with cool water or with a garden hose. Call 911 or you local emergency number immediately.
Metro Health’s heat plan follows the national weather service levels. The format resembles a countdown, with Level IV stating a normal/routine condition and Level I representing a maximum readiness/excessive heat warning. The heat plan provides information on how individuals can prepare for, prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems. Additionally, the plan provides a list of local agencies which will furnish heat-related assistance during extreme heat weather conditions. We encourage individuals to share this plan with anyone who might utilize this information. Click here to access the heat plan.
Community members can contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at (830) 606-3617 or visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather.