AUSTIN -- As if August weren't already hot enough, the National Weather Service has announced a Heat Advisory for Central Texas. Temperatures are expected to reach between 100 and 105 degrees during the day through Thursday, Aug. 8.
The City of Austin's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants residents to stay safe while the advisory is in effect.
Here are some tips on keeping cool:
- Stay in shaded areas and avoid the sun
- Wear light clothing and a hat
- Never leave a person or animal in a closed, parked vehicle
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar
- Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Wet towels and bandannas can have a cooling effect when placed on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water to cool off throughout the day
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are lower
- Take frequent breaks when working outdoors
- If you are aware of elderly, more vulnerable people in your neighborhood check on them to see if they need additional assistance
- Allow your pet to stay inside in air-conditioned comfort during the heat of the day. If that’s not possible, make sure your pet always has access to shade and plenty of fresh, cool water
- At the first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), seek a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve.
The Heat Advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information go here.