How to stay safe in extreme heat

Health and environmental experts say it's critical for the public to know how to stay safe in extremely hot weather. (Alisha Jucevic for The Washington Post)

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in July 2021 and updated in June.

With temperatures climbing into the triple digits across swaths of the United States and warnings from the National Weather Service to prepare for “dangerous,” “extreme” and “excessive” heat, health and environmental experts say it’s critical for the public to know how to stay safe in extremely hot weather.

“As we move forward into essentially a hotter planet, we need to really rethink heat as a risk,” said Sabrina McCormick, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University. “Everyone is vulnerable, and these exposures can creep up and unexpectedly affect you, so you need to really keep an eye on it.”

What extreme heat does to the human body

Below we’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions about extreme heat, as well as tips from experts for how to best protect yourself and others this summer and beyond.

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