Heat Advisory Issued for Central Iowa
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Central Iowa starting at 1:00 PM Friday until 7:00 PM Sunday.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. High temperatures will range from 95 to 99 degrees. With dewpoints in the low 70s, heat index values will range from 100 to 105 degrees throughout this time period. Lack of overnight relief from the heat will lead to additional stress. Strong daytime winds will increase the risk of dehydration. The prolonged nature of this event will compound and amplify heat-related impacts including heat illnesses and deaths.
Many public places such as malls, libraries and senior centers are air conditioned and are open to the public as daytime cooling centers. The Polk County Health Department will have extended daytime cooling center hours Saturday and Sunday from 5 PM to 9 PM. DART will be giving free rides to and from daytime cooling centers. Please contact 211 or visit www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health to find a daytime cooling center near you.
We urge individuals to take the following precautions:
- Two hours of respite in air conditioning can prevent heat-related illness and death from extreme heat.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after spending time outdoors. DO NOT wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they dehydrate you.
- Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.
- Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars—they can suffer heat-related illness too.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have or use air conditioning and assist with plans for taking precautions. Daytime cooling centers are available to the public throughout the community.
- Call 211 for resources and assistance.