Metro Health issues level III heat outlook

Heat stroke possible during high heat level


SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has issued a level III heat outlook, which indicates a heat index of between 90 and 108 degrees for two consecutive days.

Metro Health is reminding everyone to never leave children or pets alone in vehicles, especially during heat advisory periods.

Heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunstroke are all possible during this type of heat level, and with prolonged exposure, heatstroke is likely as well.

Warnings of heatstroke include red, hot and moist or dry skin, a lack of sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea and confusion or acting strangely.

Metro Health said if a child shows any of the signs of heatstroke after being in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately and cool the child rapidly -- not with an ice bath, but by spraying with cool water or a garden hose.

Officials are reminding everyone to stay properly hydrated and protect themselves from the sun. It's also a good idea to check on neighbors -- especially the elderly, children or those with special needs -- to make sure they have access to heat relief and hydration.

For more information on current weather conditions, call 830-606-3617 or click here for hourly weather.

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