Heat and humidity are set to return to Central Illinois this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the mid-90s with heat indices well into the triple-digits. Local emergency officials want the public to remember to take it easy during the summer heat.
Taylorville Fire Chief and Christian County EMA Director Mike Crews says cooling centers will be opened if needed.
Crews reminds the public to use common sense when it comes to being outside in the hot weather.
An excessive heat warning is in effect for Christian, Shelby, Sangamon, Macon, Moultrie, Coles, and Effingham counties, while an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for Fayette, Montgomery, and Macoupin Counties. Heat Indices are expected to be between 100 and 110 degrees each day, with the highest values likely on Thursday.