Beat the Heat with these PGC Weather Advisory Tips
Weather Brief: Today will be mostly sunny, highs in the 90’s and heat index values as high as 103. Expect isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2 PM and into the evening. Thursday will be mostly cloudy, highs in the low 90’s, heat index values as high as 100, and scattered thunderstorms before 8 PM. Friday and Saturday will be sunny and hot, highs in the upper 90’s near 100 degrees. Sunday will be mostly sunny and hot, highs in the upper 90’s, with a chance of AM & PM showers and thunderstorms. Monday and Tuesday will be partly sunny, highs in the low 90’s, with likely showers and thunderstorms.
Overview and Impacts: The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Barry will bring increasing moisture Wednesday and Thursday. This increasing moisture may fuel thunderstorms capable of producing a few damaging wind gusts or isolated instances of flooding, particularly Wednesday afternoon and evening.Dangerous heat and humidity continue to become increasingly likely for Friday through Sunday. Heat indices around 105 to 115 degrees are possible each afternoon and early evening. Heat indices may hold in the 80’s and 90’s at night.
Heat Advisory & Shareable Tips: A Heat Advisory remains in effect from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening. A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911!
Additionally, keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly;
- Wear light clothing;
- Drink plenty of fluids;
- Never leave people or pets in a closed car;
- Make sure pets have access to water and shade;
- Limit strenuous outside activities. If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face;
- Increase time spent in air-conditioned environments like libraries, malls, movie theatres and *Cooling Centers;
- Your body warms up as it works to process larger meals, so eating smaller portions can help keep you cooler;
- Know the signs of heat related illness and ways to respond;
- Keep your home cool by covering windows with drapes or shades;
- Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power;
- Learn about the emergency plans in your area;
- Build or restock your emergency kit. Include food, water, prescription medicines, flashlight, batteries, hearing aid batteries, cash, copies of important financial documents, and first aid supplies; and
- Be prepared to stay cool if the power goes out. Consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall, PGC Cooling Center or library that has air conditioning.
During periods of extreme heat Prince George's County Cooling Centers are OPEN. Dial 311, click here, or copy and paste the following link into your browser (https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/797/Cooling-Centers) for more information.
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