The National Weather Service has again extended a Heat Advisory until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Heat index values between 106 and 113 degrees are forecast. If extreme heat continues through the weekend, additional alerts could follow.
In response to the continued threat of extreme heat, the City of Houston will open the following facilities to the public from noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11.
- Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77051
- Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 West Montgomery Rd., Houston, TX 77091
- Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St., Houston, TX 77016
- Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol St., Houston, TX 77011
The downtown Houston Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building, 500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002, will also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.
Residents without adequate transportation to and/or from the above cooling centers can call 3-1-1 to request a free ride from METRO.
Prolonged exposure to extreme heat without proper hydration and other precautionary actions may result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To prevent to prevent heat-related illnesses, the Houston Health Department recommends people:
- Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual -- and don't wait until you're thirsty. Avoid beverages with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid.
- Take breaks if working outdoors and schedule work in the morning or evening. Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks. A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
- Cool off by going to a cooling center (multi-service centers) or other facility open to the public such as libraries, malls, or community centers if you don't have air conditioning.
- Check on vulnerable people like young children, older adults and those who live alone. Never leave a person or pet unattended in a vehicle.
For more information on keeping yourself, your family, and your pets safe during extreme heat, visit: houstonemergency.org/extreme-heat-tips-to-stay-cool/.
Información en español: houstonemergency.org/calor-extremo-consejos-para-mantenerse-fresco/.
The summer months can put a strain on anyone's electricity budget. Reliant is proud to sponsor our 11 multi-service centers as Beat the Heat Centers, offering Houstonians places to keep cool and minimize home electricity usage while enjoying free water, snacks and entertainment. Beat the Heat Centers are open weekdays from June through September.
The City of Houston has 60 community centers, 11 multi-service centers, and 40 libraries that are open for regular business Monday – Friday that can be used to get out of the heat; many City of Houston Libraries are also open on Saturday. To see a list of locations and hours of operation, visit: