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Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is defined by temperatures that are 10 degrees or more above the average high for the region and last for several weeks. It can also spawn droughts.

Extreme Heat Facts:

  • Extreme heat averages the highest amount of weather related fatalities over the last 30 years.
  • Areas that are usually mild during summer can be the most vulnerable because of the unavailability of air conditioning.
  • Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality.
  • What to do:

    • Wear lightweight and light colored clothing.
    • Drink plenty of water and fewer caffeinated drinks.
    • Never leave anyone in a car with the windows up and the car's engine off.
    • Only go outside if it is absolutely necessary and try to stay in the air conditioning.

Updated: September 24, 2014