Contact: Carol Schliesinger Public Relations Manager 210-207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (Jul. 28, 2017) – It’s hot outside. But this weekend temperatures are expected to break record highs. In light of forecasted temperatures for this weekend, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) alerts the community of a level II “heat advisory.”
Level II indicates a sustained daytime heat index greater than or equal to 108ºF or air temperature greater than or equal to 103ºF. The heat indexes for this weekend are expected to be above 108 degrees.
“It’s important to stay hydrated, avoid outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day and check on neighbors – especially the elderly,” says Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director, Metro Health. “Drinking water throughout the day will help prevent complications from heat exposure.”
Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions when dealing with a level III heat outlook. Additionally, people should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, children or those with special needs, to ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion is likely are possible health effects resulting from this heat level and heat stroke is possible with prolonged exposure.
Warning signs of heat stroke include: headache, dizziness and light-headedness, lack of sweating despite the heat, red hot and dry skin, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea and vomiting, rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak, rapid, shallow breathing, behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering.
If a child exhibits any of these signs cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles, especially during heat advisory periods.
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 visitwww.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices.