Extreme Weather Alert: Dangerous Heat Indices This Weekend


As we approach the weekend, Please be aware, the weather forecast is calling for high temperatures and high humidity levels resulting in an above normal heat index for north central Florida, reaching between 108-112 degrees for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 30-Aug. 1).

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Check on pets and the elderly and those without air conditioning
  • Be mindful of work/rest cycles, as well and spend time in shade or air conditioning and seek medical help if experiencing symptoms of heat stress/exhaustion

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Faint or dizzy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Muscle cramps

To treat heat exhaustion:

  • Get to a cooler, air conditioned place
  • Drink water (if fully conscious)
  • Take a cool shower or use a cold compress

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Throbbing headache, confusion
  • No sweating
  • Body temperature is above 103 degrees F
  • Red, hot, dry skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • May lose consciousness

To treat a heat stroke:

  • Call 911
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Cool using cool cloths or bath
  • Do not give anything to drink