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News Release
Saturday, July 29, 2017


The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Houston from 1:00pm - 7:00pm Saturday, as heat indices are expected to rise above 108F. 

The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when 
relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.  This is better explained as what the heat "feels like" rather than the actual temperature outside. 

NWS also says a "cold" front will push through the area Saturday evening, which should bring temperatures slightly down overnight and into Sunday.

What Should I Do?

Houston residents should take steps to reduce their exposure to extreme heat.  The Houston Health Department recommends that residents take the following steps to keep themselves cool:

  • Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid those with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
  • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, multi-service centers, etc.
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your house is not air-conditioned.


Know the Signs and Take Action

Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Take action to avoid illness and loss of life:

Places to Cool Down

The public is always welcome to take advantage of air conditioning in City-owned public buildings during normal hours.  To find a location nearest you, and hours of operation, visit:

Stay Tuned

For up-to-date weather information, visit the National Weather Service Houston/ Galveston forecast office website:

You can also follow the City of Houston OEM on Twitter (
@houstonOEM) and Facebook (

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