An upper level ridge of high pressure will build across the region this week, causing afternoon temperatures to peak in the 90 to 95 degree range each day today through Friday, and possibly into the weekend as well. Nighttime lows in the upper 60s to middle 70s will provide only minimal relief. Fortunately dew points will be in the 60s, so heat index readings will only be a degree or two above the actual air temperature.
Very little rainfall is expected this week as well. We could see a few thunderstorms with a weak cool front Thursday afternoon through Friday, but any rain with the system will be hit-and-miss. Storm complexes to our north and northwest may send a few thunderstorms our way over the weekend, but, again, overall rain chances will remain small. If we don't get much in the way of rain this week, drought conditions may begin to set in by the weekend.
Safety Rules for Heat:
1) Slow down. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11 AM and 7 PM.
2) Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
3) Foods that increase metabolic heat production and dehydration, such as proteins, should be avoided.
4) Drink plenty of water! Drink water even if you do not yet feel thirsty.
5) Avoid alcoholic beverages.
6) Do not increase your salt intake unless directed by a physician.
7) Spend as much time in air conditioning as possible.
8) Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Sunburn will make it that much more difficult for your body to dissipate heat. When spending time in the sun, use a sunscreen with a high SPF.
9) If suffering symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, get medical attention immediately.