The San Antonio Metro Health District this afternoon issued a Level ONe excessive heat warning, the strongest warning it can make to warn people about potentially dangerous heat, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Level One indicates a 'sustained heat index' greater than or equal to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, or an air temperature greater than or equal to 105 degrees.
With increasing heat, Metro Health reminds the community to take the following precautions:
Spend time in public/private locations with air-conditioning such as public libraries, recreation centers, senior centers, shopping centers/malls, during their business hours. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
Stay well hydrated, regardless of your activity level.
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and appropriate sunscreen.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.
Avoid heavy and/or hot foods—they add heat to your body.
Limit outdoor activities during the heat of the day. Exposure to full sunshine can increase Heat Index Values by up to 15°F.
Monitor those at high risk such as the elderly, infants, young children, and people who are ill or have chronic disease, such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
Never leave children or pets unattended in a closed, parked vehicle.
GRAPHIC: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE