Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.
Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
Infants and young children.
Adults 65 years of age or older.
People who overexert during work or exercise.
People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.
Stay Safe During Extreme Heat
Never leave people or pets in a closed car on a warm day.
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Use your oven less to help reduce the temperature in your home.
If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, during midday heat, if possible.
Check on family members, seniors and neighbors.
Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.