Friday Marks Fifth Day of High Heat

Montgomery County continues to be under a Heat Emergency Alert until 8 p.m. Friday.

When the heat index is expected to approach 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the County’s Office of Emergency Management declares the alert. Heat-related illness may occur during periods of extreme heat. Residents should be aware of the dangers in order to protect themselves, family, and pets against heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat exposure can be life-threatening. Should any of the following occur, get out of the heat, loosen any tight or heavy clothing, and drink plenty of water:

  • Heat cramps: symptoms include painful muscle spasms, usually involving the abdominal muscles or legs; Heat exhaustion: first signs are cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, dizziness, nausea, headache and weakness;
  • Heat stroke: the most serious sign of overexposure. Symptoms include red, hot, dry skin, weak pulse, rapid breathing and changes in consciousness. Seek medical attention by calling 9-1-1.

People can visit places with air conditioning like county libraries, swimming pools, recreation and senior centers, and regional service centers to cool off during normal operating hours. Masks must be worn inside county facilities and will be available if needed.

The county Ride On buses have air-conditioning and are available for anyone seeking a place to cool off during a heat emergency. The buses are available for free and bottled water is available.


The extreme heat is also dangerous for pets and therefore pet owners must not leave pets unattended in cars or outdoors. During a heat emergency the Executive Regulations 17-17Anti Cruelty Conditions for Dogs and Other Pets will be enforced.







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