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Heat Advisory for Prince George's County
Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Prince George’s County until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

A heat advisory means that a period of excessive temperatures is expected.  Because this is the first round of seasonal heat and bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heatstroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security recommends the following tips:

  •  Elderly, infants and those with chronic illnesses can dehydrate more easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Please check on relatives, friends, and neighbors.
  • Your best protection is to stay well hydrated.  Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface.  If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature.  The best thing to drink is water.  Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good.  Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
  •  Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present.  High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.
  •  Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing.
  •  Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade.
  •  Eat smaller meals, more often.
  • Spend time at local pools or take cool baths.
  • Make sure pets have access to water and shade.