Hot and Humid Conditions to Continue
An extended period of hot and humid weather will continue over much of the Midwest this week. The heat dome that has been across the southern Plains for the past several weeks has moved north into the Midwest and will remain over the area at least into the end of the week. Maximum temperatures in the 90s will combine with high humidity (dew points at least in the mid to upper 70s) to create heat index values of 100 to 110.
Following are some simple safety tips that can help prevent heat related problems during this hot spell:
- Stay out of the sun. (Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation more difficult.)
- Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioning. If you do not have an air-conditioner, go to an air-conditioned public building, like a library.
- Slow down. (Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule physical activities for a cooler time of the day.)
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Do not drink any alcohol, including beer.
- Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothes. This will reflect the sunlight and heat.
- Eat smaller meals and less proteins.
- Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
- Heat Advisory: Heat Index at/above 100ºF
- Excessive Heat Warning: Heat Index at/above 105ºF and a minimum heat index at/above 75ºF for a 48-hour period; OR 4 consecutive days of Heat Advisory criteria
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