With temperatures in the low to mid-90s and high humidity on tap, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for southeast Michigan, including Farmington and Farmington Hills.
The City of Farmington Hills offers the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road, as a place to cool off and escape the heat. It’s open as a cooling center from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 through Friday, July 22. Cooling Center hours the weekend of July 23 and 24 are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Farmington Community Library Main Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. and Farmington branch, 23500 Liberty St., are also air conditioned. Buildings are open until 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The advisory remains in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday, and heat indices are expected to approach and/or exceed 100 degrees. Everyone is asked to check on neighbors and family members who may be at risk of heat illness.
The NWS advises taking these precautions:
- drink plenty of fluids
- stay out of the sun and in air conditioned rooms
- wear loose, light-weight clothing
- reschedule strenuous activity for morning or evening hours
Signs of heat illness include:
Heat stroke: confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. (Heat stroke is a medical emergency that may result in death; call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.)
Heat exhaustion: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and heavy sweating
Learn more at osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/heat_illnesses.html.
The Humane Society advises that pets are also susceptible to heat illnesses and recommends limiting exercise on hot days, providing plenty of shade and water for pets outdoors, and never leaving a pet inside a parked car.