NEW ORLEANS — The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The weather forecast indicates “prolonged and potentially dangerous heat conditions” with heat index values of 103 to possibly as high as 115 degrees in New Orleans. These hot temperatures and high humidity will occur each day and could become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Residents can visit https://weatherwise.nola.gov/ to find localized updates on weather conditions when considering outdoor activities.
Individuals seeking shelter during the daytime may visit the following locations:
- All New Orleans Public Library locations are open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the following exceptions:
- Martin Luther King is closed on Saturdays
- Nix is closed for Capital Projects
- Alvar only has contactless pick-up at this time
- Children’s Resource Center is closed due to facility issues
- Arthur Monday Community Center is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (1111 Newton St., Suite 101, New Orleans, LA 70114)
- Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (2020 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113)
- Rosenwald “Annex” Senior Building is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (1120 S. Broad St., New Orleans, LA 70125)
- NORD Annunciation Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (800 Race St., New Orleans, LA 70130)
- For the homeless population:
- Ozanam Inn has a cooling area from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily (2239 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70119)
- The New Orleans Mission will open their Day Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113)
Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat:
- Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
- If you have to perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun.
- Most importantly, please stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and do not wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Infants, toddlers, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated.
For more information about heat-related illnesses and tips on staying cool, visit https://ready.nola.gov/plan/heat/.
Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70-degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency. Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately.