An extreme heat advisory has been issued for Hampton Roads through Saturday, July 23.
The campgrounds are still open and interpretive programs are still on the schedule. Please be aware that our staff is out working in the heat. Please be patient with the restroom cleaning and/or maintenance issues since the rangers are required to take frequent breaks for their safety.
We also want you to be safe this weekend so here are a few tips to help you beat the heat.
- Drink a lot of water and then drink some more water.
- Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Stay continously hydrated.
- Children should drink5 to 9ounces every 20 minutes and adults should drink 7 to 10 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of outdoor activity.
- Set up a sunshade at your campsite and bring a beach umbrella for your beach time.
- Be especially careful with young children. Their bodies can't handle the heat as well as adults.
- Use sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen often.
- Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Swimming or pouring water on your head does not rehydrate you. You must drink water.
- Schedule your outdoor activities such as hiking,kayaking,and beach timeto occur before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Schedule indoor activities such as museum visits or movies during the afternoon when temperature are at their highest.
- Watch for signs of heat related illness and get inside if you feel dizzy, nauseated, have cramps, or have a headache. Call 911 if you have a life-threatening situation.
We want you to be safe this weekend!