San Antonio: Metro Health Issues Heat Advisory for Juneteenth Weekend
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SAN ANTONIO (June 17, 2021) – Metro Health is advising the community of forecasted high temperatures on Friday, June 18 and during the weekend. Heat indexes are expected to reach 97-99 degrees and 104 on Monday, June 21.

The City of San Antonio will have several locations open during the Juneteenth holiday weekend to provide respite from the heat. Cooling centers will continue regular operating hours next week. See a list below of cooling centers.

Adults over 65, children under 4, and people with existing medical conditions such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk on days with high temperatures.

Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration.

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

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Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car's description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately.  If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car's window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.

Community members can visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management websites for a listing of cooling centers. Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices.

View locations and hours of operation for the City's Cooling Centers.

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