It’s no secret that it’s been incredibly hot here in San Antonio the past week or so. It’s typical for this time of year. But August is off to an unusually hot start. In fact, San Antonio has already broken a couple of record highs this month, and we’re only seven days in.
With high temperatures in the 103-105 degree range for a series of days, Metro Health issued a Level II Heat Advisory this week. That means the heat indices are greater than 105 and low temperatures are higher than 80 degrees for at least two consecutive days. Here’s what Metro Health recommends during a Level II Heat Advisory:
- Stay cool: If you don’t have air conditioning, get out of the heat by going to libraries, malls, community/senior centers or swimming pools.
- Check on neighbors: Pay close attention to elderly neighbors or relatives who don’t have AC. If you have the resources, take them a box fan (which you can purchase at any Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart or Target for $10 or so) and make sure they’re staying hydrated.
- Stay alert: Keep an eye out for the warning signs of heat stroke (nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache and dizziness), heat cramps and heat exhaustion.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.