STAMFORD, CT - The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Wednesday, July 17th through Monday, July 22nd. Excessive heat and humidity are becoming increasingly likely Friday and Saturday with high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and maximum heat index values around 105.
High heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool, such as seniors, infants, and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions.
The City of Stamford maintains cooling centers for the public to use and cool down. These centers are open all season long for any resident to utilize. Cooling centers in Stamford include:
Stamford Government Center:
888 Washington Boulevard
1st floor lobby until 9:00pm daily
Jewish Community Center: (bring photo ID)
1035 Newfield Avenue
Monday – Thursday 5:30am to 10:00pm
Friday 5:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday 7:30am to 6:00pm
Chester Addison Community Center:
245 Selleck Street
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm
Saturday 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Building One Community:
75 Selleck Street
Monday – Saturday 7:30am to 8:00pm
Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Residents experiencing symptoms of heat stroke should dial 911 or visit a hospital emergency room as soon as possible. Heat stroke symptoms include:
· Body temperature greater than or equal to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
· Skin that is hot and dry with red spots.
· Mental confusion.
· Loss of consciousness
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
· Infants and young children
· People aged 65 or older
· People who have a mental illness
· People who are physically ill, especially individuals with heart disease or high blood pressure
Be Prepared for the Extreme Heat Conditions:
· Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
o If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the movies, shopping mall, public library, or a friend’s house/apartment with air conditioning — even a few hours spent in an air conditioned environment can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
o Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
· Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
o Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him/her how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
o Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
· If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to early morning and evening hours.
o Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products are labeled "UVA/UVB protection”).
o Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
o Try to rest often in shady areas.
o NEVER leave any person or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.
o Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
§ Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.
· Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.
· Have the phone number of your family doctor readily available in case of an emergency.