Excessive Heat Awareness and Safety
- The NWS Heat Danger Awareness page, available in English and in Spanish, gives details on NWS products, heat-related hazards, safety, and symptoms of heat illnesses.
- Leaving anyone in a closed vehicle on a warm day can quickly become deadly. Get informed about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.
- Our heat danger awareness poster (pdf format) is also available in Spanish.
- Here's our excessive heat information and talking points page.
- The KidsandCars.org site has a lot of information for keeping kids safe.
- More information on the dangers of leaving children and animals in hot cars.
- Temperatures during the July-August 2006 heat wave soared well over 100 degrees.
- Check out this Heat Events Guidebook, put together by the EPA, NOAA, and the DHS, to help you plan for and respond to excessive heat events.
- A study published in the journal Pediatrics discusses heat stroke deaths of children in vehicles.
- Read about Operation Fan / Heat Relief, an effort to assist the elderly in North Carolina.
Current heat index at Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, Fayetteville, and other locations
Days 3 to 7 Heat Index Outlooks
Related Links: Heat Index Climatology...Ozone Forecasts... UV Index Forecasts
Heat waves have caused more deaths, on average, in the last ten years than any other weather hazard, including tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding (see stats). The National Weather Service's excessive heat alert program includes 7-day heat index forecasts and outlooks, heat advisories and warnings, and special weather statements, all accessible on our home page or via the links below. Don't be a statistic this summer.... BEAT THE HEAT!
Hydrate. Whether you feel thirsty or not, drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated, especially when you're working or exercising outside.
Educate yourself. Keep up with the latest temperature and heat index forecasts and current readings (take actions to stay cool and safe when the temperatures hits 85 degrees or the heat index hits 90 degrees). Know the warning signs of a heat illness, and how you can stay cool.
Act quickly when a heat illness is suspected. Seek medical attention immediately for any of these warning signs: cramping, rapid pulse, heavy sweating, hot red skin, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting.
Take it easy. Anyone working or exercising outdoors should avoid overexertion, especially between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm. Take hourly breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.
Other heat-related links:
Current Conditions and Forecasts
General Information, First Aid, and Heat Illness Prevention
Reference and Community Outreach Materials