With temperatures expected to climb this week, the Howard County Health Department has issued a heat advisory for Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.

According to the health department, the heat index in the next few days will soar, so while temperatures will be in the 90s, it will feel like 100 degrees or higher.

The health department issued several suggestions for the week, as the conditions may pose dangers for some residents, especially those with other health concerns.

To prevent heat-related illness:

  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car or other hot environment.
  • Wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen
  • Increase fluid intake; drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids
  • Stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. if possible.
  • Check on elderly friends, family and neighbors who live alone.

Citizens should call 911 if they encounter any heat-related emergencies, and should be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness, including extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, headache, possible vomiting or fainting, dry red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium or coma.

The health department urged residents in need of a cooler environment to visit Howard County's senior centers or library branches.