Dangerous Heat to Continue Through Tuesday

Intense heat and humidity will continue across central and southeast Illinois through at least Tuesday.  High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will range from 90 to 95 degrees.  With dew points in the middle and even upper 70s, this will produce dangerous heat index values of 105 to 113 degrees in many areas.  The worst of the heat will be in area from Beardstown to Lincoln to Mattoon southward, where excessive heat warnings are in effect. 

It is important to keep these heat safety tips in mind:

  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Heat stroke is an emergency condition.  Call 911 if someone is exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke.
  • If you will be outdoors for any length of time, wear light weight and loose fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water.
  • Schedule any strenuous outdoor activities for early morning or the evening to avoid the worst of the heat.
  • The very young, the elderly, and people without access to air conditioning are especially vulnerable to the heat. 
  • Try to find an air conditioned environment and stay in it as much as possible.  Check with your local community to see if cooling centers have been set up in your area.
  • Never leave pets, children, or disabled adults in an unattended vehicle.  Vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a manner of minutes. 

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