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NATIONAL HEAT AWARENESS DAY – Last Friday in May

National Heat Awareness Day Last Saturday in May

National Heat Awareness Day Last Saturday in May

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.

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.

For more weather safety information visit:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

http://www.weather.gov/safety

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #HeatAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Heat Awareness Day is sponsored by the National Weather Service.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

DATES
May 26, 2017
May 25, 2018
May 31, 2019
May 29, 2020
May 28, 2021
May 27, 2022

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