Extreme Heat

heat symptoms nws Opens in new windowDuring the summer months, the combination of temperatures in the 90s and high humidity can push the heat index over 100 degrees, sometimes for days at a time. When that happens, it can be dangerous to spend too much time outside, especially for older residents or those with health conditions. Here are some things to know when the weather turns dangerously hot.

The city’s libraries are air-conditioned and open to everyone. The city’s community centers and neighborhood centers operate on a membership basis, but during heat waves the lobbies of those buildings are open to anyone who needs relief. (Link to library and community center pages so people can find the addresses.) 

Stay informed

You can sign up for weather alerts and other important Hampton news by going online to Hampton.gov/notifyme. You can also get the most up-to-date information by following the city’s social media feeds on Twitter and Facebook. The 311 call center is always available to answer questions — just dial 311 on your landline phone inside the city limits, call 757-727-8311 from a cell phone or from a landline outside the city limits, or email 311@hampton.gov.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management: Here is some good information about extreme heat from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management about extreme heat.

When it is hot out, try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to spend extended time outdoors in high temperatures, hydrate by drinking plenty of water. Never leave children or pets unattended in hot vehicles. If the temperature is 90 degrees outside, it will rise to about 109 degrees inside, even with the windows cracked. If it’s 95 degrees, it will reach 114 in 10 minutes and 129 in 30 minutes.  

The local HELP organization, which provides support to the homeless population, often provides water and an air-conditioned day shelter during extreme heat.

Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke, including muscle cramps, heavy sweating, physical weakness, dizziness or confusion, and a rapid heartbeat. 

Get information on heat-related conditions from the National Weather Service 

Stay Informed: Monitor local radio and television (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet and social media for information and updates.

Go to the National Weather Service page for tips on what to do during heat waves, including:

  • How to Stay Safe During Excessive Heat Events
  • Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers
  • Community Interventions
  • Heat Safety for Outdoor Workers