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Central Iowa will experience its first significant extended period of extreme heat beginning Friday, June 9,2017

Post Date:06/09/2017 3:03 PM

A message from the Polk County Health Department

Central Iowa will experience its first significant extended period of extreme heat beginning Friday, June 9. The heat wave is predicted to last through Monday or Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement about the heat wave. Conditions will be hotter and somewhat drier than we typically experience in Central Iowa in the summer, and new records may be set, with temperatures approaching, and perhaps exceeding 100 degrees. Heat index values may approach 105 degrees. With abundant sunshine and strong winds, these days pose a significant risk for dehydration and heat-related illness, as people may not "feel" as uncomfortable as during a more humid day. As this is early in the warm season, many people are not yet accustomed to the heat and may be more vulnerable than later in the year. This is a serious and potentially dangerous heat event.

  • Use caution when being outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of water long before going outside.
  • Don't wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
  • Get into shade or under an umbrella at outdoor events.
  • Wear lightweight and light colored clothing.
  • Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. 

Two cooling centers have been identified in Ankeny:  

Kirkendall Public Library, 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive
Monday -Thursday,  9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m
Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m.

Neveln Center, 406 SW School St
Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A list of community cooling centers in Polk County can be found here: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/media/402115/2017-daytime-cooling-centers-in-polk-county.pdf