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Friday September 6th, 2019 :: 05:00 p.m. EDT


Heat Alert

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The National Weather Service forecasts extreme heat for the New Orleans area for the next few days. Heat index readings ("feels like" temperatures) could exceed 110 degrees and heat advisories or warnings may be issued. Stay cool, hydrated, and check on family & neighbors, especially the elderly. More:

Stay cool

  • Stay inside in air conditioning.
  • Go to air-conditioned places like a library, NORDC rec center, or mall.
  • Stay out of the sun and wear a hat. Take breaks often.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Don't leave your pets outside or in a car.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Remind others to drink water.

Know the signs of heat-related illness

Children under 4, adults over 65, and people who are overweight or ill are especially at risk of heat-related illnesses. Here’s how you can recognize heat-related illness and what you should do.



What You Should Do



  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting
  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.


  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry, or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness 
  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

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