Excessive Heat Warning and Heat Advisory in Effect Until 8pm

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for half the county with a Heat Advisory in effect for the other half until 8pm Saturday night. The National Weather Service warns of “Dangerous heat index values of 100-110 are forecast for much of the area again today. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected, especially this afternoon and evening. Some storms may be severe and produce locally damaging winds.”

A “cold front” will move in tomorrow with temperatures in the mid/upper 80s and a heat index in the lower 90s, which will still feel hot, but about 15° cooler than the last couple days have felt. The upcoming week will bring temperatures in the mid 80s, which will give us a little break from the recent extreme heat.

The National Weather Service advises the following: “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions 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 lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.

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”

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