Heat advisory today

Heat advisory (FOX 26 News)

Provided by the Houston Health Department

Houston residents are advised to immediately take precautions to guard against extreme heat.  This includes:

  • Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing if you're going to be outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can cause dehydration
  • Conduct outdoor work, such as lawn care in the early morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • NEVER leave Children, Seniors or pets unattended in vehicles
  • Wide-brimmed hats help prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness.  Sunscreen reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • If your home is not air conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, multi-service centers, malls , movies theatres, etc. 
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air conditioned
  • Be informed about changing conditions. The National Weather Service usually declares a Heat Emergency when the heat index, a  computation of the air temperature and humidity, reaches 108 degrees on two or more consecutive days. A  heat index of 108 is a potential health threat for all people and is particularly dangerous for high-risk groups.

Symptoms and Steps to Take

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

If you experience the symptoms of HEAT EXHAUSTION, which are:

  • Heavy Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold,pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Fainting


  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

If you experience the symptoms of HEAT STROKE, which are:

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)*
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness


  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.