Guidance about heat advisories, extreme heat warnings, tips for staying cool, and signs of heat-related illness | Pet Safety

What is a Heat Advisory and an Excessive Heat Warning?

  • A Heat Advisory means that the heat index, or the "feels like" temperature, will be 108 degrees or greater in Hillsborough County
  • An Excessive Heat Warning means that the heat index, or the "feels like" temperature, will be 115 degrees or greater in Hillsborough County

When temperatures reach these levels and without proper precautions, heat-related illness or event death are possible.

Latest Hillsborough County advisories

Looking for the latest Hillsborough County forecast? Visit the National Weather Service Tampa Bay for the most up-to-date weather-related information.

How to stay cool and safe during extreme heat

  • Stay indoors - Residents are reminded during heat advisories to stay indoors, stay hydrated, and check in with vulnerable neighbors and loved ones.
  • Drink plenty of fluids - Residents can refill water bottles in County parks, libraries, or government buildings across the county
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars - Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting heat stroke or dying.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen - Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and put on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out

Heat-related illnesses and death are largely preventable with proper planning, education, and action.

Where to go to stay cool in Hillsborough County

People without access to adequate air conditioning can take refuge in public places, including libraries or shopping malls.

Learn the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and how to treat both conditions with Florida Health department's Beat the Heat - Heat exhaustion vs. Heat stroke.

Additional resources

Last Modified: 6/7/2024, 9:02:02 PM

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