Heat Emergency Alert Issued Wednesday Afternoon Through Thursday Night

Montgomery County is under a Heat Emergency Alert from noon Wednesday until 8 p.m. Thursday.

Emergency Management sends out the alert when temperature/heat index is forecast to be at least 105 degrees, according to a release from the county. It is different from a Hyperthermia Alert, which is issued when temperatures/heat index is forecast to be at least 95 degrees.

During this time, nighttime temperatures can still be dangerous after extended exposure, the county warns.

Residents can visit county facilities like libraries, community and recreation centers and swimming pools to cool off. Masks are required and are available if necessary.

All Ride On buses have free water bottles for riders.

The county says heat exposure can be life threatening. See signs of heat-related illness and guidance for excessive heat days here. Residents are urged to stay indoors as much as possible, avoid strenuous activities that can overexpose residents to the sun and take breaks often in a cool, shaded area if they must be outside.

Do not leave any person or pet inside a vehicle for any amount of time, even with windows open.

Emergency Management is also monitoring possible severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.

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