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Summer 2023 Excessive Heat Updates

Jun 14
11:27 AM
Summer 2023 Excessive Heat

Heat Advisory Issued in New Orleans for Wednesday, June 14

NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for Wednesday, June 14, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.  

The weather forecast indicates that high humidity levels will result in heat index values – that is, temperatures that “feels like” – of 105-110 degrees in New Orleans.  Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week and over the holiday weekend, reaching a heat index as high as 115 degrees on Sunday and Monday.

These hot temperatures can become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Residents can visit to find localized updates on weather conditions when considering outdoor activities. 

Individuals seeking shelter during the daytime may visit the following locations (which will all be closed on Monday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth unless otherwise stated): 

  • Louisiana SPCA is open Monday - Saturday, 12 pm - 7 pm (1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70114) -- LA SPCA will be open on Monday, June 19th)

  • OHL Sobering Center is open 24/7 (732 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116)

  • Arthur Monday Community Center is open Monday - Friday, 7 am – 4:30 pm (1111 Newton Street, Suite 101. New Orleans, LA 70114)

  • Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center is open Monday - Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (3300 Hamilton St., New Orleans, LA, 70118)

  • Edna Pilsbury Center is open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm (2222 Simon Bolivar Ave, 2nd floor, New Orleans, LA, 70113)

  • Algiers Courthouse is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 2:45 pm (225 Morgan Street, Room 209, New Orleans, LA 70114)

  • All NORDC Recreation Centers will be open on Saturday, June 17, 10 am - 2 pm.

    • Rosenwald “Annex” Senior Building is open Monday - Friday, 9 am – 7 pm (1120 S. Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70125) 

    • NORD Annunciation Center is open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM (800 Race St, New Orleans, LA 70130) 

  • All New Orleans Public Library locations are open Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm, with the following exceptions: 

    • Main Library is open Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm only

    • Rosa Keller Library is closed on Saturday, June 17 due to ongoing maintenance.

  • For Unhoused Individuals:

    • Ozanam Inn has a cooling area from 5:30AM – 6:30PM daily (2239 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70119) 

    • New Orleans Women & Children's Shelter will be open 9am-5pm, Friday-Monday, June 16-19

    • The New Orleans Mission will open their Day Center as a cooling site and provide water 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday-Sunday, June 15-18th

    • Grace at the Greenlight will be open 6:30 AM - 7:15 AM daily and will have water on hand.

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 don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. 

  • The very young, 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  

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.