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High Temperatures Expected This Week

The National Weather Service  (NWS) is warning of danger from high temperatures this week and into the weekend. Temperatures could reach or exceed 102 degrees beginning today. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management urges all residents to take simple steps to keep themselves safe through this weekend and the rest of the summer season.

Exposure to extreme heat can cause heat stroke, exhaustion, and even death. Heat-related illnesses are preventable.

  1. Stay in air conditioning as much as possible. Shopping malls, libraries, and other public, indoor spaces are great places to go to beat the heat when needed.
  2. Wear light-colored, lightweight, and loose-fitting clothing.
  3. If you must be outdoors, STAY HYDRATED and avoid heavy labor and other physical activities. Take frequent breaks.
  4. NEVER leave children or pets unattended in cars or other vehicles. Temperatures rise quickly and can reach deadly levels in minutes.
Common symptoms of heat-related sickness include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Seek medical care or call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness.

There is a Heat Advisory in effect today from 1 PM – 7 PM.  Additional warnings and advisories from NWS are likely over the next few days. Residents should follow advice from official sources to stay safe.

Additional information on heat-related illness and other summer safety tips available are available at www.ReadyHarris.org. Stay informed by signing up for Ready Harris Alerts or Ready Harris Accessible Alerts.

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