Excessive heat warnings for Georgia: Is your county affected? Check this map
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2023.
Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 111 degrees are expected.
The entire state will experience high temperatures.
Click here to use the NWS interactive map to check conditions in your county.
Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
The NWS suggests taking precautions to avoid these illnesses.
Here's what happens to the body in extreme heat:
- Organ failure caused by heatstroke
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Fluid loss leading to kidney failure
What you can do to stay safe
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Stay in an air-conditioned room.
- Stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
- Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
- When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
- Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
- To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
Watch for the first signs of mild heat exhaustion:
- feeling unwell in general
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, especially before heatstroke occurs.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness (coma)
- Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
- Very high body temperature
Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency. Call 911.