3 days of potentially dangerous heat predicted

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the area from noon on Thursday, Aug. 11, through 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Heat index values of 100 to 105 are to peak from 2 to 5 p.m. each afternoon of the heat warning, with the highest values predicted for both Friday and Saturday. However, a few isolated thunderstorms could bring temporary relief.

The National Weather Service said the excessive heat might continue on Sunday, Aug. 14; therefore, the warning could be extended. The warning means that prolonged, dangerously hot temperatures are likely, creating the threat of heat-related illnesses, especially for the elderly or those with chronic conditions such as lung or heart disease.

Those working outside and other heat-sensitive individuals are urged to take precautions by drinking plenty of fluids, wearing lightweight clothing, taking frequent rest breaks, remaining in air-conditioned rooms and staying out of the sun when possible. Make sure to avoid leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles; car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in minutes.

Emergency officials also recommend checking on elderly relatives and neighbors. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved immediately to a cool, shaded location. Finally, officials want to remind residents that heat stroke constitutes an emergency and that 911 should be called.


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