Just when San Antonians are ready to enjoy watching Fiesta parades on the streets and attending day-long outdoor events, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) alerts the community of a level III “heat outlook.”
Level III indicates a sustained heat index between 90 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit for two consecutive days. The heat indexes for this Friday and Saturday are expected to be above 90 degrees.
“Particularly with all the Fiesta activities taking place on Friday and Saturday, it is imperative that people drink plenty of water to prevent complications from the heat,” says Dr. Vincent Nathan, assistant director, Metro Health.
Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions when dealing with a level III heat outlook. Additionally, people should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, children or those with special needs, to ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible health effects resulting from this heat level and heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.
Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs cool the childrapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles, especially during heat advisory periods.
Metro Health’s heat plan follows the national weather service levels. The format resembles a countdown, with Level IV stating a normal/routine condition and Level I representing a maximum readiness/excessive heat warning. The heat plan provides information on how individuals can prepare for, prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems. Additionally, the plan provides a list of local agencies which will furnish heat-related assistance during extreme heat weather conditions. We encourage individuals to share this plan with anyone who might utilize this information. Click here to access the heat plan.