Heat Advisory for August 14 and 15
August 14, 2019
The first day of school is just around the corner, and mother nature has decided to send a heatwave our way. This article provides information regarding the heatwave and some guidance to help you stay safe in the heat. As conditions develop, further information will follow.
The National Weather Service has issued a "Heat Advisory" for the Bay Area from 11 a.m. on 8/14 until 8 p.m. on 8/15:
- The heat advisory means above normal high temperatures and an increased risk of heat-related illnesses.
- The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
- Hot temperatures will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.
Additionally, according to Air Now:
- The air quality is forecasted to move into the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" (USG) category on 8/14 (index of 101 out of the 101-150 USG range).
- Drink more water than usual.
- Limit sun exposure and outdoor strenuous activity during the hottest time of the day.
- Stay in air-conditioned rooms/buildings as much as possible. For our staff and students, this includes physical education and after-school activities. Classrooms and buildings with access to air conditioning should keep their doors and windows closed to allow the rooms and buildings to cool down. Outdoor workers should be given indoor work or increased breaks for water, shade, and air conditioning. Montague’s air conditioning installation is finalizing this week and the district is delivering portable air conditioning units to Montague’s classrooms on 8/14 to use in the meantime.
The forecast indicates that we can return to normal activity Friday, August 16. However, it is forecasted to be warm throughout the week so the district will be monitoring the conditions daily and taking the appropriate action as needed. Below is a helpful CDC infographic about heat-related illnesses to look out for and what to do when you encounter them.