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Posted on: May 20, 2022


Early season heat is anticipated throughout the region this weekend; Heat indices more than 90 degrees; County encourages residents to stay hydrated and remain indoors.

HYATTSVILLE, MD – High temperatures and humidity are anticipated for the area today, Friday, May 20, 2022, through Sunday, May 22, 2022. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding the abrupt beginning of hot temperatures for the duration of this period. The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to take precautions to avoid heat related illnesses.

  • Drink plenty of fluids; even if you do not feel thirsty, do it to avoid dehydration. A recommended amount of one and a half a quart of fluid will suffice in the avoidance of fluid deficiency. Avoid drinks with alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit outdoor activities during excessive heat. If you must be out during the hottest part of the day, be sure to wear light weight and light-colored clothing and a hat to minimize the potential for heat exhaustion.
  •  Never leave children, senior citizens, or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in parked cars can reach an estimate of 130 degrees within minutes, resulting in brain damage or death.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. More specifically, senior citizens, families with young children, people with special needs, or individuals living alone and pets to ensure their safety and hydration.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. 
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Register for Alert Prince George’s to receive emergency information via your mobile landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management.

County residents should also be mindful of their neighborhood Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission’s recreational and senior facilities and utilize libraries, shopping centers, and other indoor public spaces to keep cool. For additional information, please contact the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management at 301-324-4400. Please remember to utilize 9-1-1 for health-related emergencies regarding excessive heat.

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