Hot weather tips

Hot temperature

SHA emphasizes the importance of taking heat warnings seriously. Please follow this public health guidance to ensure your well-being and that of others around you. In these temperatures, it’s easy to get dehydrated and overheated. In extreme cases, this can lead to life-threatening heatstroke. 

Hot weather preparedness 

Stay cool

  • Spend time in air-conditioned buildings (such as malls, movie theaters, or libraries) if you can and avoid direct contact with the sun.
  • Look for information on public cooling centers when the temperatures rise. 
  • Reduce physical activity and move to shaded areas.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning or evening hours.
  • Cool your body down quickly by wearing a wet scarf, bandana or shirt.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more.
  • Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol. They can be dehydrating.

No infants, children or pets in parked cars

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. It only takes a few minutes for severe medical problems and even death to occur.

Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke

  • Seek medical care immediately if you know someone who experiences symptoms.

Check the local weather forecast

  • The National Weather Service is the best place to access the most current weather and forecast information.

More information

Additional resources 

Seattle Parks and Recreation: Spray Parks and Wading Pools