Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus is advising residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families during the high heat advisory days that the region is expecting this weekend.
“This weather is very dangerous and we should all take this heat advisory seriously,” Neuhaus said. “Seniors are more susceptible to becoming overheated or dehydrated during this type of weather. I encourage County residents to visit senior relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety during this heat wave.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday and Saturday. They are forecasting high heat and humidity, with temperatures reaching the upper 90s and the heat index reaching upwards of 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
During this weather, residents should take measures to:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Drink more water than usual.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
- Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
- Remind others to drink enough water.
- Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely.
Heat illness may be recognized by the following symptoms: headache, dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, weakness, muscle cramps, confusion, irritability, disorientation, or hallucinations and trouble breathing.
“I urge residents to try to keep cool during this heat wave and to take it easy,” Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey said. “Don’t overdo it. In case of any heat related emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Please don’t forget to make sure your pets are protected from the elements, too. They rely on you to look after them.”