Hello, Heat! Houston Tied A Record-High Temperature

May ending on a hot note. The record-tying temp matched a Houston mark back to 2003.

A record-high temperature for Houston was tied Tuesday when the mercury rose to 91 degrees. This ties the 2003 record of the number of days in May that have reached or exceeded 90 F at 18.

According to the National Weather Service, it will be feeling hot out there. Don’t look for any changes in the next several days.

Be sure to be aware of the signs of heat illness in you or others.

The Houston Health Department recommends residents to begin taking precautions against high temperatures to avoid heat-related illnesses. High body temperatures can lead to damage to the brain or other vital organs and even death.

To avoid heat-related illness, the Houston Health Department recommends:

  • Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid those with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
  • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun's harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, multi-service centers, etc.
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your house is not air-conditioned.

The health department has 11 multi-service centers open year round where anyone can go to escape the summer heat.

Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
6719 W. Montgomery
Houston, Texas 77091

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street
Houston Texas 77020

Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
4014 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020

Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center
3810 West Fuqua
Houston, Texas 77045

Kashmere Multi-Service Center
4802 Lockwood
Houston, Texas 77026

Magnolia Multi-Service Center
7037 Capitol Street
Houston, Texas 77011

Northeast Multi-Service Center
9720 Spaulding
Houston, Texas 77016

Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star
Houston, Texas 77074

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
9314 Cullen
Houston, Texas 77051

Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, Texas 77004

West End Multi-Service Center
170 Heights Blvd
Houston, Texas 77007

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