The City of Austin provides updated information on extreme heat conditions to help keep residents safe

The City of Austin provides updated information on extreme heat conditions to help keep residents safe

Austin and Central Texas are currently experiencing extreme heat and temperatures. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for at least tonight, and temperatures are expected to rise into triple digits over the weekend.

There are four heat alert levels, but levels three and four are the ones the city wants everyone to be aware of — excessive heat monitoring and excessive heat warning.

Watching for extreme heat means the risk of a heatwave has increased, but its occurrence and timing remain uncertain. It's time to prepare. An excessive heat warning means that you must take action immediately. An overheat warning is issued when the air temperature reaches 105 degrees or higher or the heat index reaches 113 degrees. In these cases, the combination of high heat and humidity can lead to serious heat-related illness.

“As the temperatures and heat in Central Texas become more dangerous, we ask that you take precautions to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your pets,” Austin Mayor Kirk Watson said. “Residents can find heat-related resources in 12 languages ​​online at that will help provide you with information on how to stay safer during this time.”

Piloting a new effort to keep Austinites cool, the City of Austin unveiled a program in Republic Square this morning consisting of several mist tents and the distribution of cooled water bottles to those in the area looking to escape the heat. These tents release a fine mist/mist that can cool the surrounding area and provide people with much-needed heat relief which can be up to 30 degrees cooler.

So far, at least 13 heat-related deaths have been reported in Texas this year, but as of today, no heat-related deaths have been reported in Austin this summer.

Heat-related illnesses doubled in June 2023 compared to June of last year, and the volume of emergency medical services calls in July of this year increased significantly. Recommendations on how to stop heat-related illness include knowing the signs and symptoms of overheating, acting quickly by moving the person, then cooling the person and calling 911, and making sure to take care of each other, especially children young and old.

With extreme heat like the one Central Texas is experiencing, anyone can be at risk, but some are more vulnerable to the effects, including pregnant women, people with heart or lung disease, young children, older adults, athletes, outdoor workers, and those who don't live In a shelter. . Extreme heat can lead to dehydration, heat cramps, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and even death.

Cooling centers

  • City of Austin facilities (including recreation centers and libraries) are available as cooling centers during normal business operations.
  • These cooling centers act as a break from the heat, allowing people and their animals to cool off during the hottest times of the day.
  • During excessive heat warnings, extended hours are available at a number of cooling centers.
  • Visit for the latest information about cooling centers in 13 languages.
  • Always check opening hours and availability before visiting a cold center.

Heat safety tips

  • Visit for tips on heat safety and how to prevent, identify and treat heat-related illness.
  • Knowing how to respond to heat-related illness can save lives.
  • We ask everyone to stay hydrated. Remember to drink water regularly, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Protect yourself:
    • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and hats with brims.
    • Apply and reapply sunscreen according to product labels.
    • Take breaks in the shade, especially if you work outside.
    • Practice water safety while cooling off in pools and open water.
  • If you have elderly or frail neighbors, check on them and make sure they have a way to stay calm.
  • Keep your pets safe too:
    • Keep your four-legged family members inside whenever possible.
    • Pack a collapsible water bowl for hydration periods.

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