Excessive Heat Warning through Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Saturday:

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
419 AM EDT TUE JUL 3 2012

…ANOTHER HEAT WAVE TO IMPACT THE AREA THIS WEEK…

.A VERY HOT AIR MASS OVER THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY WILL CONTINUED TO SPREAD EASTWARD OVER THE AREA TODAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES
ACROSS OUR AREA WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE TO UPPER 90S WITH LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 70S TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR HIGHS TO REACH AROUND 100 THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THE HEAT INDEX WILL PEAK AROUND 100 DEGREES EACH AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS PERIOD…AND EVEN AS HIGH AS 105 TO 110 THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE AREA OVER THE WEEKEND…BRINGING COOLER TEMPERATURES BY SUNDAY.

EXPOSURE TO THE HEAT HAS A CUMULATIVE EFFECT…THE LONGER THE HEAT PERSISTS…THE GREATER THE DANGER. THE ELDERLY AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAT. ALSO SOME PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO REMAIN WITHOUT POWER DUE TO RECENT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS…WITH ESTIMATES THAT POWER WILL REMAIN OUT FOR PORTIONS OF THIS AREA UNTIL THIS WEEKEND. PEOPLE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING IN THEIR HOME SHOULD TRY TO SPEND AT LEAST A PORTION OF EACH DAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENT.

[…] …EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT /11 AM CDT/ TODAY TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ SATURDAY…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* VERY HOT CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY WITH HIGHS IN THE MIDDLE TO UPPER 90S AND LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 70S. HIGHS AROUND 100 ARE POSSIBLE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. THE HEAT INDEX WILL PEAK AROUND 100 DEGREES EACH AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS PERIOD…AND EVEN AS HIGH AS 105 TO 110 THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

IMPACTS…

* THE LONG DURATION OF THIS HEAT WAVE WILL MAKE IT PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS DUE TO THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO THE HEAT.

* ELDERLY AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAT AND SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS. PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER DUE TO RECENT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE GREATLY IMPACTED.

* IN ADDITION SMOKE FROM WESTERN FOREST FIRES AND THE COMBINATION OF THE STAGNANT AIRMASS AND ELEVATED OZONE LEVELS WILL RESULT IN POOR AIR QUALITY THROUGH THIS PERIOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A 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. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

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 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 9 1 1.

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