Officials Urge Caution During Heat Advisory

Published on July 24, 2023

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lincoln effective from 1 p.m. today, Monday, July 24 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Heat index values up to 110 are expected. A heat advisory means that a period of hot conditions is expected that may create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The heat index is a more accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the humidity is added to the actual air temperature. Information is available on local weather, the heat index and safety precautions at the NWS website at

Health officials say children are more at risk from high temperatures because their bodies are less able to adapt to heat. They produce more heat with activity, sweat less and are less likely to rest or get a drink when they are active. Others at risk include older adults, those with chronic diseases, those who are overweight and those using certain medications or alcohol.

Both air temperature and humidity affect the body’s ability to cool itself during hot weather. Heat stress occurs when sweating isn’t enough to cool the body, causing a person’s body temperature to rise rapidly. Heat stress symptoms include clammy, sweaty skin; light-headedness; weakness; and nausea. Heat-related illnesses include sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and the most severe form requires immediate medical attention. More health information can be found at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Hot weather precautions include the following:

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids, especially during physical activity.
  • Avoid heavy meals and hot foods, which add heat to your body.
  • Monitor infants and children for fluid intake, and dress them in cool, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Check on relatives, neighbors and friends who may be at risk.
  • Never leave children or pets in parked cars. Even with the windows open, temperatures can reach dangerous levels in only a few minutes. Look before you lock the vehicle.
  • Make sure pets and livestock that live outdoors have plenty of fresh, cool water and shade. Pets should be brought indoors if possible.

Those who do need to be outside are advised to wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen (SPF of 30 or more) and a hat. Plan activities to avoid being outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rest frequently in shaded areas and stay hydrated. Stop activity and get into a cool area if you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint. Extreme heat can be a concern to healthy people as well, including children participating in outdoor activities such as summer camps and athletic events and practices.

Aging Partners has a limited number of fans for distribution on a first-come-first-served basis to adults age 60 and over. No financial screening is needed. For more information, call 402-441-3025. The program also accepts fan donations at the Aging Partners office, 600 S. 70th St.

Those without air conditioning can cool off during regular hours at recreation centers, libraries, and senior centers as well as other public locations such as theaters and shopping malls. Residents are reminded that pool hours are 1 to 6 p.m. for the 2023 season. The sprayground at Trago Park, 22nd and “U” Street, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day.

Family swim nights are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. for $10 per family at the following public pools:

  • Monday: Belmont
  • Tuesday: Eden
  • Wednesday: Irvingdale and Highlands
  • Thursday: Ballard
  • Friday: Arnold Heights and Woods

Information on regular and extended hours at City pools is available at Visit for information on other facilities.

If you see a pet in a hot car or outside without shade or water for an extended period of time, call Animal Control at 402-441-7900. More information on protecting pets–including the brochure and video “Too Hot for Spot”– is available at