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Summer Heat

Drink water to stay hydrated in warmer weather

With summer temperatures on the rise, staying safe in the heat is critical. It is necessary to take precautions to ensure that you, your friends and family, neighbors, and pets don’t suffer the effects of extreme heat. Make sure that you stay hydrated as much as possible and try to limit your activities to indoor areas that are air conditioned to avoid possible heat–related illnesses.

Beat the Heat

Here are some helpful tips to beat the heat this summer:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid very cold drinks
  • Take cool showers to lower your body temperature
  • Limit your exposure to the sun – stay indoors where it is air-conditioned or go a public place that is air conditioned
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing

Take a Dip

Mama MarksA fun way to beat the heat and cool off is by using any of the 17 pools that are open in the City. Kids swim for as little as $2 per session, adults are $4. Discounts are available. There is free admission at play pools located in Colonial Park, Land Park, Robertson Park, Mama Marks Park, and Bertha Henschel Park. Find the complete list of pools and openings.


*** Updated as of July 25, 2016 ***

Hot weather is expected through Saturday, July 30. Please note that the City’s Office of Emergency Services is keeping a close eye on conditions. We have a weather response plan that calls for increased action and outreach to residents and vulnerable populations once a certain weather threshold has been reached.

Currently, there are no plans to open a City cooling center. The criteria for opening one includes temperatures of 105 degrees or more for three consecutive days WITH night time low temperatures of 75 or above. Currently, we expect three days of temperatures near the 98-105 degree range, with overnight lows in the low 60s.

If cooling centers are open at faith-based and other community facilities, the list will be posted at or is available by calling 2-1-1.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

If you are experiencing any symptoms you believe to be life threatening, seek medical attention, or call 911 immediately.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most reported heat-related illnesses. Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Warning signs for heat stroke are severe and include:

  • High body temperature
  • Absence of sweating and hot red or flushed dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Strange behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Agitation
  • Seizure
  • Coma