Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening without proper precautions.

Cooling Shelters

  • For information about cooling shelters in your area, dial 211.


  • Prepare for a heat wave by checking to see if your home's cooling system is working properly.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
  • Plan on being inside a cool building during the hottest time of the day.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Make sure you remain properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat light, well-balanced meals.
  • Dress in light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle for any amount of time.

Stay Informed

  • Listen to weather-alert radios to stay informed of heat-releated watches and warnings.
  • Also monitor commercial radio, television and the Internet. 
  • See more extreme heat safety tips from the Virginia Department of Health