Extreme Heat

Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, which is common during the summertime in the Florida Keys, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature and keep the body comfortable. 

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and there is often high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous for people who don't take precautions and know the danger signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Tips for extreme heat conditions:

  • Never sit in a parked car or leave pets in a parked car without the air conditioner running or windows rolled down. 
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas as much as possible. 
  • Play indoor games and sports. 
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated. This is your body’s air conditioning. 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes in light colors. Dark colors absorb the sun’s rays, making you hotter. 
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face and head. 
  • Spend time in local places with air conditioning, like the library.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke

heat exhuastion or heat stroke

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage on extreme heat.