Extreme heat is a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures. Most often this involves a combination of high air temperatures and high humidity, causing the air to feel even hotter than it is. This is known as the heat index.
Knowing the heat index is important because your body responds as if it is really that hot out. This makes dangerous and even deadly heat illnesses much more likely.
Cooling spaces in Ramsey County
Stay in air conditioned spaces as much as possible. A map of cooling spaces open to the public for use during extreme heat is available below.
As a result of COVID-19, some of the spaces on the map may be closed, have changes in access, hours or capacity, or have mask requirements and other safety guidelines in place. Please check the website of the spaces listed on the map before you go.
Please note lifeguard services are not available at Ramsey County beaches.
Precautions to stay cool in the heat
- Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Water is better at cooling your body than drinks with sugar.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Use sunscreen.
Check on family and neighbors
During periods of extreme heat, check on relatives, neighbors, older adults and other vulnerable community members to ensure they are staying cool and hydrated. Those at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.
Do not leave children or pets in cars in warm weather
The inside of cars can heat very quickly on any warm day. It doesn't take a heat wave. Even a temperature of 70 degrees outside can quickly heat up inside a parked car so that those inside can become seriously injured in a few minutes and die in less than an hour.
Cracking the windows does little to stop the buildup of heat. Never leave children, vulnerable adults or pets in a parked car in warm weather – even for a few minutes. If you see someone trapped in a car on a hot day for more than a couple of minutes, there may be a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately.
Extreme Heat resources
Fact sheets (PDF)
During periods of extreme heat, people should take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. Stay cool, hydrated, and informed.
- Extreme Heat Tip Sheet
- Consejos Para El Calor Extremo
- Nplooj Ntawv Cov Lus Qhia Thaum Kub Dhau
- Warqada Tallada Kuleel Daran
- Karoorsuu Raagaawwaan Olaanaa
- Extreme Heat Tip Sheet
Tips for staying safe when it's hot outside, including information for patients with CKD, ESRD, COPD, Asthma, CVD, Dementia, Diabetes and Mental Health Disorders.
- Staying Safe When It's Hot Outside
- Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease or End-Stage Renal Disease
- Patients with COPD or Asthma
- Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
- Patients with Dementia
- Patients with Diabetes
- Patients with Mental Health Disorders
- Manténgase seguro cuando hace calor afuera
- Pacientes con enfermedad renal crónica o enfermedad renal en etapa terminal
- Pacientes con EPOC o asma
- Pacientes con enfermedades cardiovasculares
- Pacientes con demencia
- Pacientes con diabetes
- Pacientes con retos de salud mental
Heat tip videos produced by TPT/ECHO
- Tips on keeping your cool in extreme heat - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Heat Tip sheets for providers, patients and administrators - Americares
- More tips on keeping cool - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)