Mayor Chris Beutler and other local officials today urged residents to pay attention to heat warnings and take steps to protect themselves, their families and their pets. The National Weather Service is expected to issue a heat advisory this week when a heat index of 100 to 104 degrees is expected.
"Heat-related illness are a concern for everyone, but children, the elderly and those with medical issues are more at risk," Beutler said. "Those who must be outside need to use caution and common sense, and be aware of the symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke. Those who do not have air conditioning can cool off during regular hours at our recreation centers, senior centers and libraries."
Hours for City facilities can be found at lincoln.ne.gov. The "F" Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street, is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays. The Belmont Community Center, 1234 Judson, is open until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said evening hours may be extended if the extreme heat continues.
Hot weather precautions include the following:
The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when humidity is added to actual air temperature. Information on local weather, the heat index and safety precautions are available at the NWS Web site weather.gov
Heat stress symptoms include clammy, sweaty skin; light-headedness; weakness; and nausea. Heat-related illnesses include sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, the most severe form which requires immediate medical attention. More health information can be found at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov.