An excessive heat warning is in effect for most of our listening area until 7pm on Tuesday. Dangerous heat index values will peak between noon and 6pm each day through Tuesday. These values will peak between 103 to 106 degrees in the afternoon hours. Monday is likely to have the highest heat index values during the period.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness. The effects are cumulative the longer the heat persists. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat…check the back seat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
An excessive heat warning means that prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, Call 911. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.