The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH in effect starting at noon on Saturday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 23. Extreme heat and humidity, with heat index values reaching 110 degrees, will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness. Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, and avoid strenuous activities in high temperatures.
- NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles! The temperature can rise quickly in a car — as much as 20 degrees in just 10 minutes! If you see a child or pet in a hot car, call 911 immediately.
- Check on family members and neighbors, especially those who are older, to be sure they are keeping cool.
- If you have to be outside, wear light, loose-fitting clothing; drink plenty of water to stay hydrated; and take frequent breaks in the shade.
- Know the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Learn more here.
- Avoid high-energy activities.
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned area as much as possible.
- Check on pets, bring them inside and provide them with plenty of cool water.
Find additional safety information on the Ready.gov website
Cooling locations open to the public
The following locations are air-conditioned facilities where people can get away from the heat. Hours of operation may vary.
Print PDF of Cooling Locations
Watch for warning signs
Prevention is the key to beating the heat! Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, and avoid strenuous activities in high temperatures.
- Heat Stroke: Heat stroke is a medical emergency! Call 911 immediately if you notice high body temperature (above 103°F/39.4°C), confusion, rapid pulse, hot and dry skin (no sweating), or unconsciousness.
- Heat Exhaustion: Keep an eye out for heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, and fainting. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, move to a cooler place, hydrate, and rest.
- Dehydration: Stay hydrated! Look for signs of extreme thirst, dry mouth, dark urine, and feeling lightheaded. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages.
- Sunburn: Protect your skin with sunscreen, hats, and lightweight clothing. Seek shade during peak hours to prevent painful sunburns.