We're having a heat wave. Yes, a tropical heat wave
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from noon across the region from noon until midnight today.
High temperatures combined with high humidity will create a heat index of around 100 degrees this afternoon.
West Michigan is also under an air quality alert, which means pollutants are expected to be in the unhealthy range for people with respiratory problems. Weather officials say delaying things like using gas-powered lawn mowers or filling up your car can help lessen pollution.
In Detroit, cooling centers will be open from noon until 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at:
Crowell Community Center
16630 Lahser Detroit, MI 48219 313.628.2047
Heilmann Community Center
19601 Crusade Detroit, MI 48205 313.224.9334
State officials also offer these hot-weather safety tips:
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
Install central air conditioning or window air conditioners; insulate if necessary.
Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young or sick, as they are more susceptible to
• Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
• Develop a 72-hour emergency supply kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, battery powered or hand crank weather radio, and items that satisfy unique family needs.
To prevent heat illness:
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
Limit vigorous activity.
Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, consider going to a public location or cooling center.
For additional guidance and information, call 2-1-1. To learn more about being safe during the extreme heat, go to www.michigan.gov/beprepared