…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING…
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect until 9 PM CDT this evening.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…109 to 117 in urban areas, and 105 to 112 in rural areas.
The hottest conditions are expected between 4 and 7 PM. Heat index values should fall below 105 after 9 PM. *
Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken.
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 so call 911.
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. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.