NATIONAL HEAT AWARENESS DAY
National Heat Awareness Day is observed each year on the last Friday in May. Resulting in numerous fatalities each year, heat exhaustion and dehydration due to heat are some of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.
- 1980 heat wave claimed 1,250 lives
- 1995 heat wave killed more than 700 lives in Chicago (the deadliest weather event in Chicago history)
- 2003 August, record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives
Most American summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. Some regions of the country have both high temperatures and high humidity. However, some of the worst heat waves have been dry.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The following advisories may be issued from the National Weather Service:
- Excessive Heat Outlooks
- Excessive Heat Watches
- Excessive Heat Warning/Advisories
Take these precautions when heat advisories are issued: stay hydrated (drink lots of water), avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and extra sugar, avoid over exertion and find a cool place to stay.
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National Heat Awareness Day is sponsored by the National Weather Service.
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