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Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is expected in Winnebago County from Wednesday, August 23 through Thursday night, August 24. The National Weather Service predicts heat that feels like 110 to 115, with heat staying around in the evening hours. When heat is this extreme, the risk of severe heat illness and death from heat are more likely.

Stay Safe In Extreme Heat

  1. Drink plenty of water. Do not wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  2. Stay Cool in an air-conditioned area.
    1. If you do not have an air conditioner, visit someplace with air conditioning for at least a few hours to help relieve the heats impact on your body. See below for “Places To Go To Get Cool”
    2. Electric fans will NOT prevent heat-related illness when temperatures are in the high 90s or above
  3. Take a cold shower or bath
  4. Never leave anyone including pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
  5. Avoid outdoor activities.

Places To Go To Get Cool

Places you may visit with air conditioning include:

If You Must Be Outside In The Heat

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitted clothes
  • Limit your time outdoors, especially midday when the sun is hottest
  • Avoid outdoor activities that take a lot of energy or effort, like exercise
  • Rest often in shady areas or inside in air conditioning

Know The Signs Of Heat-Related Illness

Warning signs of Heat Exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Passing Out

Warning signs of Heat Stroke include:

  • High body temperature
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Passing Out

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